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Special Invitation for Tribes & First Nations

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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If you are a member or staff member of a Tribe or First Nation who has resource interests in the geographic area of the NPLCC, we invite you to join us for our first in-person Tribes/First Nations Committee Meeting in Portland, OR on September 4th.

Those who attend will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the NPLCC and the support they provide to Tribes and
    First Nations. This will include a review of other U.S. climate
    change programs, activities, and funding sources.

  • Discuss safeguards for and the appropriate use of traditional
    knowledges.

  • Share experiences of how climate change is impacting Tribes and First Nations and ways to address those impacts, including adaptation
    strategies and practices.

  • Provide recommendations to the NPLCC for how they can better engage
    and work with Tribes and First Nations.

For more information and registration please read the announcement here.

Conservation Planning Atlas Webinar & E-Forum for Fish & Wildlife Employees

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The North Pacific LCC invites USFWS employees to join a webinar and E-forum for a presentation from Data Coordinator, Tom Miewald, on the new Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA). This webinar will be specifically tailored to USFWS employees and will highlight how the CPA can be of use to you. Additionally, the webinar will include an E-Forum to provide feedback on how the CPA can be improved to better meet your needs.

If you are not a Service employee, but are still interested in how our CPA could benefit your organization, please contact Mary Mahaffy (mary_mahaffy@fws.gov) to discuss setting up a presentation for your organization. You can also view our past webinar which provides a general overview of the CPA.

Meeting information:

Topic: NPLCC Conservation Planning Atlas Introduction for U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Date: Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Time: 10-11:30 am, (Pacific Time)

Meeting Password (if needed): nplcc

Call-in number: 1-866-628-1318

Passcode: 695 954 9

Climate Change in Alaska’s National Park Areas: State of Change

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

State of Change is the fruit of a three-year collaboration between University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers and the National Park Service (NPS).

The booklet presents a set of complex and interwoven facts about climate change, along with stories told from the perspectives of individuals such as road engineers, subsistence hunters, scientists and Alaska NPS Regional Wildland Fire Ecologist Jennifer Barnes.

In the story titled, Sparked by Lightning: Are Natural Fire Cycles Changing, Jennifer B. says, “Fire will always be a natural force of change on the landscape, [and] climate… has a huge impact on fires. I think there are changes going on and there are more to come. We will continue to learn about the changes, and how to manage and prepare for them.”

The story goes on to state, “Many visitors to Alaska are surprised to learn that wildfire is an important natural component of boreal forest and tundra ecosystems. Sparked by lightning during summer storms, fires burn older vegetation, which is soon replaced by new growth. Changing climate has resulted in larger fires and longer fire seasons in Alaska over the past decade.” Read the entire Sparked by Lightning story at State of Change.

The guide also features photos by Yasunori Matsui, a professional photographer and volunteer with the Alaska NPS wildland fire management program.

Learn more about State of Change and view a PDF file of the booklet here.

Please Join Us for a Presentation from NPLCC GIS Technician, Erin Butts

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Please join us on Tuesday, August 26th at 2 p.m. Pacific Time for a presentation on a landscape conservation planning/mapping project by NPLCC GIS Technician and student intern, Erin Butts. Erin recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Studies and has been working on a post-baccalaureate GIS certificate. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Pacific Region Refuges and Science Applications have been hosting an internship for Erin through a grant funded by the National Science Foundation and administered by Oregon State University. For her capstone project, Erin has performed a regional assessment of spatial priorities according to the Draft Strategic Growth Policy for the National Wildlife Refuge System. These priorities were modeled against different constraints (land value, landscape integrity, climate change and others) using Marxan, a decision support tool to support systematic conservation planning. The results provide information on different ways to contribute to conservation of NWRS priorities in the most strategic manner. This project is intended to provide decision support for refuge planning and design and has the potential to inform/evaluate other efforts such as Landscape Conservation Design and selection/use of USFWS surrogate species. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about this important new tool for Strategic Habitat Conservation, and to help celebrate Erin's successful completion of her internship!

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Washington Connected Landscapes Project Webinar Now Online!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

If you were unable to participate in this week's NPLCC Science-Management Webinar on the Washington Connected Landscapes Project, it is now available for viewing on the NPLCC YouTube page.

You can view the webinar here. Be sure to subscribe to our channel for past and future NPLCC science-management webinars!

For more information on this project, please visit its project profile on our resources page.

The Southwest Climate Science Center is seeking an Outreach and Program Manager

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The outreach and program manager will possess a unique blend of skills and talents, including: sufficient scientific understanding to quickly grasp key insights from climate research; well-honed oral and written communication skills to efficiently translate science for non-expert audiences and also to help communicate stakeholder needs and concerns to scientists; the confidence and organizational skills to help coordinate a dynamic research team; a well-developed set of project management skills.

EPA Funds Environmental Health Research for Tribal Communities

Thursday, July 31, 2014

To identify and reduce tribal health risks associated with climate change, indoor wood smoke exposure, environmental asthma, waterborne diseases, and other unique tribal concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding tribal environmental health research grants to six groups, including universities and tribes.

“We're working together to help tribal communities combat the threats from climate change, and reduce environmental and public health risks,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “After more than a decade of funding this research, which addresses the unique needs of American Indian and Alaska Native communities, we have important data, tools, products and knowledge available to help communities determine a path forward to take action on climate change."

EPA funds research focused on tribal communities through the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. Because many tribes rely on natural resources, it is essential for tribal-focused research to identify possible environmental health risks and the most efficient methods of avoiding or addressing these risks.

Over the last decade, EPA grants have helped tribes make significant progress in addressing health risks. For example, the funding has resulted in the creation of fish advisory maps that have helped various tribal fishing communities avoid mercury and other contaminant-laden fish. The funding has also caused Washington and Oregon to revise their water-quality standards to offer greater protection. In addition, a library of resources in the Mohawk language was created to enhance education about toxic substances and empower the community to protect the health of its citizens.

For additional examples of outcomes from the Tribal Environmental Health grants, view the Tribal Synthesis Report

The six grants total about $5 million. The recipients are:

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, Alaska -to assess, monitor, and adapt to threats to the sustainability of food and water in remote Alaska native villages · Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, La Conner, Wash. -to examine coastal climate impacts to traditional foods, cultural sites, and tribal community health and well-being Yurok Tribe, Klamath, Calif. -to identify, assess, and adapt to climate change impacts to Yurok water and aquatic resources, food security and tribal health Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, Mont. –to research climate change adaptation and waterborne disease prevention on the Crow Reservation University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla. -to improve indoor air quality and reduce environmental asthma triggers in tribal homes and schools University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Mass. –to measure indoor air quality in tents as related to wood smoke exposures and identify potential health risks in remote communities in North America

More information about the grants awarded

More information on Tribal Environmental Health Research

NPLCC Science-Management Webinar: The Washington Connected Landscapes Project

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We invite you to join us next week, August 7th, from 10-11am (Pacific Time) for our next NPLCC Science-Management Webinar. This webinar focuses on The Washington Connected Landscapes Project. Dr. Brad McRae and Dr. Meade Krosby will present on the project which developed tools to provide land managers with sufficient information to prioritize and implement connectivity conservation actions.

Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Climate Solutions University

Monday, July 28, 2014

Most climate plans are gathering dust on the shelf. Plans must now lead to implementation and real ‘on-the-ground’ change. Collaborating with motivated partners makes the difference between a climate adaptation plan that never sees action and one that protects vulnerable citizens, your community, and the environment.

Model Forest Policy Program is Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Climate Solutions University. Get ready to create a climate adaptation plan with goals and action steps that gets implemented. Program services are provided at no cost to qualified applicants! Nationwide only 6 spots are available.

Program Summary

2015 CSU City Handout

Contact josh@joshdye.com or 612-481-8059 for more information.

National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation, October 23-24

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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You are invited to bring your ideas, experience, enthusiasm, and solutions to the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation (NWLLC), October 23 and 24, in Washington, D.C.

The NWLLC will showcase conservation innovation and landscape scale solutions across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors – from our urban centers to our wildest places.

At the NWLLC, you will have the opportunity to hear how the large landscape approach is being adopted across North America to produce measurable benefits for rural and urban communities, enhance water quality and habitat, protect working forests and farmland, and make more efficient use of limited financial and human resources.

You’ll also have the chance to visit Mount Vernon, a green oasis in the middle of metropolitan Washington, D.C. and one of our most historic examples of a large landscape protected for the public’s use and enjoyment.

Senior officials from the US Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, and Defense, as well as leaders in state government, the private sector, non-profits and academia, will be among those participating. They, and you, will be sharing practical, results-oriented tactics and strategies that provide solutions to the landscape scale challenges we face, utilizing the latest information, science, financing mechanisms, and organizational tools.

We will be providing regular updates on workshop sessions, speakers, and participants over the next several weeks. In the meantime, visit ww.nwllc2014.org to learn more about the NWLLC and to register to attend.

Register by September 22, 2014 to secure the best rate.

Registration cost: General registration: $250 Student registration: $175 Mount Vernon field trip (Oct. 22): $30

After September 22: General registration: $325 Student registration: $225 Mount Vernon field trip (Oct. 22): $30