National Park Service, Facilities Resilience and Adaptation Planning

Jacksonville, FL
Key Elements
  • National Park Service adaptation planning
  • Hazard assessment and resilience planning
  • Training program for property managers and partners

Nitsch helped develop a workshop and online training on hazard assessment and resilience planning for Timucuan Ecological Historic Preserve (TIMU) superintendents and facility managers. In cooperation with the University of Rhode Island (URI), this pilot workshop and online training event was designed for TIMU managers and other park staff to assist in planning for reduced risk and costs associated with operating and maintaining facility assets in coastal areas. The workshop focused on Fort Caroline, an attempted French colonial settlement on the banks of the St. Johns River, as the focal point for this exercise.

The program focused on assisting park staff and partners identify, assess, and scope the planning process for resilience actions and priority vulnerable assets. To help accomplish this goal, the event relied on the Facilities Management (FM) Hazard Assessment and Resilience Planning Toolkit (FM Toolkit). As a result of the training, TIMU park managers and partners are able to identify and choose resilience/adaptation actions for priority vulnerable resources. The process can be used to justify and pursue funding for adaptation actions and to justify reducing investments in highly vulnerable resources.

Key Collaborators

Owner: National Park Service
Client: URI Coastal Resources Center