Welcome to Riparian Restoration to Promote Climate Change Resilience (RPCCR).
Welcome to the Riparian Restoration to Promote Climate Change Resilience (RPCCR) online course, an innovative web-based tool - funded by the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) and developed by researchers from the U.S. Forest Service and the University of Massachusetts – RPCCR is allowing managers to rapidly identify high-priority riparian targets for restoration to make more resilient in preparation for changes in future climate.
The RPCCR tool identifies vulnerable stream and riverbanks that lack tree cover and shade in coldwater stream habitats. By locating the best spots to plant trees in riparian zones, resource managers can provide shade that limits the amount of solar radiation heating the water and reduces the impacts from climate change. This well-established management strategy will benefit high-elevation, cold-water aquatic communities.
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Certificate of Completion
After completing the activities in this course, you can download the optional Certificate of Completion. Simply click the course name next to the certificate icon. You must be logged in to access the certificate.
This course will explain the science behind the development of the tool, demonstrate to users how-to use the web map application, provide examples of how this information can be used to make management decisions, and guide users through an interactive exercise using the data in a case study activity.
This course consists of an introduction and 6 additional modules. Participants should complete the modules in sequential order. If, after reviewing the prerequisites for a module, a participant feels that they already have an understanding of the information, they can proceed to the next module. For example, if you already are familiar with the RPCCR report but have not yet used the tool, you can skip to Module 2.
In Modules 2-4, two different levels of instruction are provided. The first level is known as the manager level. The focus is to provide an understanding of how to use the tool and to answer questions related to conservation management. Participants will not perform additional analysis; rather they will focus on the thought process behind the analysis. The second level, known as the technical level, focuses on showing participants how-to use the tool and the actual process of completing analysis using additional software and data to strategically plan conservation actions.
Upon completion of this course:
- Participants will develop an understanding of what the RPCCR is.
- Participants will also develop a good understanding of the science behind the tools and their appropriate use.
- Users will be able to utilize RPCCR available on the Appalachian LCC portal to identify riparian corridors for restoration.
- Users will be able to apply information from a case study to develop a strategy for utilizing the tools as part of a decision management process to answer questions regarding priority resources with the organization’s area of responsibility.
- Facilitate creative thinking to enhance the utilization of the tools to answer questions for the strategic delivery of conservation activities.
Participants will complete readings, view instructional videos, complete a review quiz at the end of the course, and provide feedback regarding the course.
You will need the ability to play videos with sound, as well as download documents to view course materials.
ArcGIS is needed for participants who plan to complete the technical level of Module 4. Alternative GIS software can be used, however, directions are providing using ArcGIS. Manager level users can complete the course using their internet browser of choice.