We work with local communities and public and private partners to increase the pace and scale of climate-smart restoration. To achieve this, we combine our expertise in restoration, conservation science, monitoring, and high-performance partnering.
Worldwide, habitat loss is the number one cause of extinction and the loss of the services nature provides. In California, more than 90% of all wetlands and riparian areas have been completely destroyed and what remains is highly degraded. Accelerating climate and land-use change adds additional stress to our already imperiled environment. Climate-smart restoration can repair the damage of habitat loss and maintain ecosystem resilience in a changing climate.
What is Climate-Smart Restoration?
At Point Blue, we define climate-smart restoration as the process of enhancing ecological function of degraded or destroyed areas in a manner that prepares them for the consequences of climate change.
We restore biodiversity, ecosystem function, and water quality to prepare our watersheds for climate change.
Communities Restoring for the Future
Point Blue’s STRAW Program is combating climate change with every restoration project it takes on. STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed) coordinates and sustains a network of teachers, students, restoration specialists, and community members to plan and implement professional watershed restoration.
STRAW empowers communities to heal the land, revitalize habitats, generate cleaner water, sequester carbon, empower children, and inspire the next generation of conservation leaders.
Please reach out to us to become a STRAW restoration partner or if you are a teacher who would like to learn how to join our network.
We use several approaches to help our partners restore ecosystems in a way that prepares them for the consequences of climate change. Our main approach centers around information sharing – we hold workshops, give presentations, produce peer-reviewed science, and create freely available tools.
Targeted Restoration Partnerships
Point Blue works in partnership to restore important ecosystems in California, such as Sierra meadows, tidal marshes, and Central Valley rivers.
Ecological restoration is a relatively new discipline, and Climate-smart restoration is an even newer concept. As such, science is critical to inform and improve restoration strategies. We believe restoration actions will be successful if they are based on sound science. Our scientists are working to (1) provide answers to key uncertainties, (2) develop tools to access important information, and (3) help evaluate effectiveness.
Please reach out and work with us! We collaborate and consult on Climate-smart restoration in California and beyond.