Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

California Landscape Conservation Cooperative to Host Climate Science Workshops in San Diego, Los Angeles

Jan 21, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 21, 2011


Contacts: Rebecca Fris, (916-915-2692)
                  Scott Flaherty, 916-612-3042

California Landscape Conservation Cooperative to Host Climate Science Workshops in San Diego, Los Angeles
Science-Driven Collaborative Provides Opportunities to Engage Climate Scientists, Land Managers in Southern California

SACRAMENTO--Climate scientists and people who manage public lands and waters for fish, wildlife and plants will come together for day-long workshops in San Diego, January 25, and Los Angeles, January 26. The workshops are sponsored by the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), a science-driven collaborative of state and federal agencies, conservation groups and non-governmental organizations who are addressing the effects of climate change on California’s wildlife and natural resources. 

The workshops are the first in southern California for the California LCC, which was formed last year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and includes other federal and State agencies,  and organizations.  Over the past year, the California LCC activities have been held in the Bay-Area and Central California. Workshops have brought together climate researchers and resource managers  to share information and develop tools on  how public lands and waters in California will be managed into the future.

“Every day scientists are learning more about the potential effects of climate change on our natural resources and this workshop is about connecting these scientists with managers to discuss information needs, gaps in understanding and dealing with uncertainty,” said Rebecca Fris, Science Coordinator for the California LCC. “We are reaching out to southern California agencies and organizations to identify additional partnerships .  These workshops represent the launch of the California LCC into its entire geographic scope.  Additional workshops and meetings will follow as the final structure of the California LCC is developed.”

The San Diego workshop (January 25) begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. at the Island Palms Hotel and Marina, 2051 Shelter Island Drive in San Diego.  The Los Angeles workshop (January 26) is co-hosted by the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science and begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. at the UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles Young Drive East in Los Angeles.

The California LCC is a management-science partnership among state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and other entities that informs on-the-ground conservation actions addressing climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes. 

More information about the workshops and the California LCC is available at http://californialcc.org

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, the Fish and Wildlife Service is known for its scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen in California, Nevada and Oregon’s Klamath Basin, visit www.fws.gov/cno.

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