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Connecting Wildlands
& Communities

About the Project

The Connecting Wildlands & Communities (CWC) project, funded by the California State Strategic Growth Council through the California Climate Investments initiative, is a collaborative effort of the Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management (IEMM) at San Diego State University and the Climate Science Alliance.


The CWC project brings together an interdisciplinary team of planners, environmental engineers, ecologists, and geographers to explore how connected landscapes can support adaptation and resilience to climate change for both ecosystems and local communities in southern California. This project takes a comprehensive planning approach to meet State objectives on protecting rural communities, mitigating wildfire risk, supporting water sustainability, and protecting biodiversity. The goal of this research is to provide an integrated planning and decision-making framework that supports multi-benefit landscape-scale planning and facilitates science-informed climate adaptation and strategies across the region.


Project One-Pager

CWC Project Overview


Project Infographic

While our formal feedback period for the initiation phase of the project has ended, if you'd like to share something or communicate with us, please contact us here:


From presentations and infographics to art collections and interactive tools, the CWC team has developed an extensive collection of multimedia products so you can dive deeper into the research and results.

Project Objectives

III. Watershed Assessment
I. Engagement