Materials and Resources
Climate Change Update
Welcome to the third issue of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Climate Change Update!
We have been hearing great feedback about this publication, and hope you will continue to help us share success stories and examples, identify key resources, and stay up-to-date about our agency's climate change response.
We will be working with the National Climate Team and scientists from across the Service to develop this Update, and welcome your participation and input. Please contact Kate Freund to help provide content for future editions.
Release of the National Climate Assessment
Released in early May, the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) is the most comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report ever generated on U.S. climate impacts, including current observations and future projects. The Third NCA documents climate change-related impacts and responses across key sectors and all regions of the U.S., with the goal of better informing public and private decision-making at all levels.
The report is available to download and via an interactive website that can be explored by sector, region, type of impact, and response strategy. NCTC will be sponsoring a webinar presentation to discuss the ecosystems and adaptation chapters on Tuesday, June 3: sign-up here.
Climate Smart Conservation Guide
Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice
How should we prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change on wildlife and their habitats? What should we be doing differently in light of these climatic shifts, and what actions continue to make sense? The newly released guide Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice offers guidance for designing and carrying out conservation in the face of a rapidly changing climate.
The Service was among several agencies working with the National Wildlife Federation to produce this guide, and NCTC is already offering training courses focused on the material. The guide can help the Service implement DOI policy (523 DM 1) and Service policy (056 FW 1) to use the best science available to consider and address effects of climate change in our work.
“This new guide provides resource managers with practical steps for determining what they will need to do differently in light of a changing climate to best ensure the resiliency of the natural resources that define and support so many of our communities.”
--Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Mike Connor
Planning for Climate Change in the Refuge System
A Primer for Planners, Managers and Biologists
The National Wildlife Refuge System has worked with other Service programs and numerous partners to complete a new go-to document for planners, managers, and biologists tasked with incorporating climate change considerations into Refuge System planning documents (including LCDs, CCPs, HMPs, PPPs and LPPs). Sample “starter language” is included to help Service authors, while appendices include a climate change checklist and links to additional climate change planning resources. Designed especially for Refuge System personnel and Service-oriented issues, this guide includes over 500 literature citations and went through extensive review within FWS and among partners prior to production.
Carbon Sequestration Accomplishment Report
Tracking Service success on Refuges
The Service recognized more than 15 years ago that biological carbon sequestration (the storing of atmospheric carbon into vegetation, soils, woody products, and aquatic environments) can be an important tool for wildlife habitat creation and restoration. By building on opportunities and funding for sequestration activities, the Service can provide conservation gains through restoration and land protection while simultaneously reducing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This new report presents a compendium of carbon sequestration management and research activities on Refuge System lands and waters from 2009-2013, illustrating the breadth of Service-supported sequestration.
Saying farewell to the Service Science Advisor
The Office of Science Applications and Headquarters staff bid a fond farewell to Dr. Gabriela Chavarria who served as Science Advisor to the Director since July 2010. Dr. Chavarria will be joining the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, as the Forensics Science Branch Chief.
In her tenure as Science Advisor, Dr. Chavarria provided leadership on Service climate change policy including the release of the agency's Climate Change Strategic Plan and the development of the interagency National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. Dr. Chavarria also worked toward expanding Service science capacity, promoting active involvement of Service employees in the scientific community, and expanding partnerships with other scientific organizations.
Upcoming National Climate Assessment Webinar June 3: NCTC is hosting authors of NCA chapters on Ecosystems, Forests, and Adaptation together with representatives from the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the NCA Indicator System to discuss key findings and implications for managers.
National Climate Assessment Video: Watch this short video to learn more about the new NCA report and see how climate change is affecting people across the United States today.
Fish and Wildlife National Climate Team: Do you know your primary climate change contact?