The CCFPD Sustainability Committee has recently focused on addressing climate change, as it presents a significant threat to the continuing well-being of the preserves. The changing climate threatens the stability of forested and prairie ecosystems. Changes in temperature and rainfall patterns can disrupt life cycles, alter movement patterns, extirpate sensitive species, and facilitate the spread of pests and pathogens. Globally, climate change is the fourth greatest driver of biodiversity loss.
The district can help reduce the impacts of climate change through the choices it makes in daily
operations and in long-term planning, as well as through outreach to the community. The committee undertook two projects in response to this threat: 1) estimating and reducing the District’s carbon emissions and 2) developing materials for climate change education and outreach.