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California LCC Seeking Proposals for Climate-Smart Conservation Projects in Their Ecoregion

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The California LCC has just announced a request for proposals for place-based projects in their ecoregion leading to climate-smart conservation actions by natural resource managers. The request for proposals is geared towards fulfilling the CA LCC's Science Management Framework objectives.

For more information on the CA LCC Management Framework, the request for proposals and information on an upcoming information webinar, please visit here.

Alaska On-line Aquatic Temperature Site Call for Data.

Do you collect water temperature data?

Many of us are collecting water temperature data as part of our job, for a class project, or through citizen-science groups. Are you interested in seeing whether your data could be used to make climate change predictions for streams and lakes in your area of Alaska? If you are, please contact Marcus Geist at UAA's Alaska Natural Heritage Program to discuss putting your site information into the Alaska On-line Aquatic Temperature Site (AK-OATS).

The AK-OATS is designed to provide a comprehensive inventory of current (and historic, if available) continuous and repeat-sampled monitoring locations across the state. Once compiled, the Alaska Climate Science Center will analyze the database to find locations where enough information is available to do regional climate change analyses of streams and lakes. The compiled information will also help identify where data gaps could be filled in the future.

It's easy to contribute your location information!

Contact: Marcus Geist, mageist@uaa.alaska.edu, (907)786-6325

The initial compilation of the database will be completed in September 2014. Please share this with others who may be interested!

Announcement: Upcoming NPLCC Conservation Planning Atlas Webinar & E-Forum

The NPLCC is ready to launch our Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA), a data discovery, visualization, and analytical platform for stakeholders throughout the NPLCC area. We would like to invite you to participate in an upcoming webinar and e-forum to learn more about the CPA and provide immediate feedback on how we can improve this tool. The webinar, led by NPLCC Data Coordinator, Tom Miewald, will take place on Wednesday May 15th from 10am-1130am Pacific Time. Please join us in the launch of this new tool. Register for the webinar here.

New Report: Identifying Resource Manager Information Needs for the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative

This report showcases results of an NPLCC-funded project and partnership with USGS to identify management information needs for two priority S-TEK Strategy topics: forests and forage fish. Two workshops were held with resource managers to address valued resources, services and goals and how climate change is anticipated to affect them. The workshops also addressed priority vulnerabilities, potential strategies and what information is needed to inform and employee management responses.

The final report details the conclusions of the workshops, listing priority management goals, tools, decisions, and information needs derived from the workshops.

More information and the full report here.

The Summary for Policymakers of the Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report has been approved.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released a newly approved contribution to their Fifth Assessment Report, a report which will be comprised of results from three working group sessions. The second working group convened last month to develop this contribution focused on climate impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. You can learn more about the full report & new contribution here.

Resource Guide to Federal Climate Adaptation Programs for State Fish & Wildlife Agencies

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The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies has compiled a resource guide that synthesizes climate change adaptation plans from federal agencies. The purpose of this guide is to aid state fish & wildlife agencies in accessing information on the work of government entities related to climate change. The report provides clear and organized overviews of the climate programs, tools, and networks being used by agencies such as Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency and more.

Read the report here>>>

New Climate Change News Letter from B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations

A new edition of Climate News from the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations is out now. In this issue you can find updates to their Climate Action Plans, funding opportunities, and more!

Read the newsletter here.

Federal Funding Announcement: NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants

NOAA has announced an opportunity for funding to support activities enhancing resilience of coastal communities to natural hazard and climate risks through a local, regional, or national network. Project proposals should support benefits to coastal communities in response to the changing environment, and create or enhance partnerships. Full proposals are due on April 11th, 2014. Funding will support projects taking place within the NPLCC range along the U.S. West Coast in California, Oregon or Washington. See below for more details on funding and other eligible U.S. Coastal Regions.

Read the full announcement here.

California LCC Webinar Now Online: 21st Century Sea Level Rise and the Fate of California Coastal Marshes

Southern counterparts of the NPLCC, the California LCC, recently hosted a webinar: 21st Century Sea Level Rise and the Fate of California Coastal Marshes - A Multidisciplinary Examination by USGS-UCLA Researchers. The project looked at potential rates and magnitudes of relative sea level rise along the California coast as influenced by climate change, tectonics and other related factors. Speaker Glen MacDonald of the UCLA Institute for the Environment and Sustainability presented on past, present and future marsh response to sea level changes along the California coast and into the NPLCC coastal range. If you were unable to attend this webinar, you can now view it online!

Learn more about the project and view webinar.

Learn more about the California LCC.

Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership Recognized by National Fish Habitat Board

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On Monday, March 10 during the second day of the National Fish Habitat Board’s spring meeting the Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership (SEAKFHP) was granted full recognition status. Fish Habitat Partnerships are the primary work units of the National Fish Habitat Partnership and take the lead in bringing partners together to put conservation projects "on-the-ground" that make a difference for fish and their habitats across the nation. These partnerships are formed around important aquatic habitats, distinct geographic areas, "keystone" fish species or system types. With the recent board action, there are now 19 of these highly productive partnerships working across the nation to build strong coalitions dedicated to protecting, restoring and enhancing America’s fish habitats.

The Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership spans the entire southern panhandle of Alaska including the dynamic watersheds and waterways that make up the Alexander Archipelago. This region ranks as one of the largest, most complex, and intact estuarine and temperate rainforest on earth, and is filled with many small, vibrant communities with economies and ways of living linked closely to fish and fishing. In addition, this diverse coastal archipelago from its icefields to its estuaries supports a unique diversity of fish. The mission of the Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership is to support cooperative fish habitat conservation, restoration, and management in freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems across Southeast Alaska with consideration of economic, social, and cultural interests of local communities in its endeavors.

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For more information on the SEAKFHP visit here.

For more information on the National Fish Habitat Partnership please visit here.

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