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Tools and Resources

NCTC climate change resources: NCTC is consolidating climate change related training opportunities for FWS staff. The NCTC Climate Change Resource Library also provides selected citations to journal articles, documents, reports, and websites.

Updated digital maps are now available that show changes to Coastal Barrier Resource System in five states.

New Interactive Mapping Tool: The Service recently announced the completion of the National Wetlands Database and interactive mapping tool, that integrates digital map data with other resource information to produce timely and relevant management and decision support tools.

USGS National Climate Change Viewer (NCCV): This Viewer includes the historical and future climate projections from 30 downscaled models for two of the recent emission scenarios used by the IPCC.



Climate Change Update

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Climate Change Update newsletter allows our staff to share success stories, identify key resources, and stay up-to-date about our agency's climate change response.

The National Climate Team and scientists from across the Service are working together to develop this newsletter, and we welcome your input. Please contact Kate Freund to help provide content for future editions. You can explore past issues through the links at left.

May 2015 Issue

Executive Order 13693

New Targets for Federal sustainability planning

On March 19, 2015, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13693Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, which revises some existing and establishes new sustainability goals for federal agencies including requirements for government fleets, sustainable buildings, energy use, and waste recycling. The new EO will cut the Federal Government's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40 percent over the next decade from 2008 levels, and increase the share of renewable electricity to 30 percent.

In 2009, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) made a commitment to become carbon neutral in addition to achieving reduction and efficiency goals set by legislation, regulation, and Executive Order. The Service is on track to achieve (or has already achieved) these greenhouse gas reduction goals. For more information, please review highlights of the EO and Service Sustainability activities or contact Kim Washington

Resilient Lands and Waters Partnerships

Selected sites will highlight resilience approaches

On April 21, 2015, the Department of the Interior, EPA, and NOAA recognized four collaborative landscape partnershipsacross the country where Federal agencies will focus efforts with partners to conserve and restore important lands and waters and make them more resilient to a changing climate. Building on existing collaborations, these Resilient Lands and Waters partnerships - located in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington and the Great Lakes region - will help build resilience in regions vulnerable to climate change and related challenges. 

The Peninsular Florida LCC and Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative will be leading collaborative efforts in those regions, and the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC is a major partner in the Great Lakes landscape as well. For more information, please contact Steve Traxler.

US Takes Over Chair of the Arctic Council

Implications for climate change actions

On April 24, 2015, the United States assumed chairmanship of the Arctic Council for the first time in 16 years. US Chairmanship will extend through 2017. Established in 1996, the Arctic Council is the preeminent intergovernmental forum for addressing issues related to environmental protection, socio-economic conditions, and sustainable development in the Arctic Region, and includes the eight countries with territory above the Arctic Circle.   

 One of the focus areas of US chairmanship will be "Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change," by targeting reductions in black carbon and methane emissions, working to enhance access to adaptation and resilience tools, and promoting the development of climate change indicators and high-resolution mapping. Another focus is raising climate change awareness. For more information on this opportunity and implications for the Service, please contact David Payer

Service Climate Change Needs Assessment

Identifying common needs and opportunities

In 2014, the Service established a new Climate Adaptation Network (CAN) to help the agency respond to the many challenges climate change presents to our mission and our programs. The formation of this group provided an opportunity to take stock of what actions, guidance, policies, tools, or other resources our field, regional, and headquarters staff need in order to more fully integrate climate change considerations into our conservation work, and to do our part in implementing the Administration's climate change priorities.

During April and May of 2015, the CAN is conducting a series of targeted Regional Focus Groups of Service employees to begin to identify key needs and develop recommendations. NCTC is providing facilitation and guidance, and other support is being provided by the National Climate Team. Final recommendations will be developed over the summer. For more information, please contact Kate Freund

Climate Resiliency in the Chesapeake Bay

2014 Watershed Agreement includes resiliency goals

More than 30 years ago, the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership was formed to restore and protect the national treasure that is the Chesapeake Bay. In July of 2014, a new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement was signed that for the first time included a climate resiliency goal to "Increase the resiliency of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including its living resources, habitats, public infrastructure and communities, to withstand adverse impacts from changing environmental and climate conditions."  

In March of 2015, an interagency team including Service scientists completed development of a Chesapeake Bay Management Strategy describing the next steps necessary to achieving this important goal, focusing on monitoring and assessment and promoting adaptation. For more information, please contact Kurt Johnson

Visualizing the Future: Wildlife in New Mexico

Effects of environmental change on crucial habitats

Researchers at New Mexico State University are assessing potential effects of future climate change for wildlife found in New Mexico, supported by the U.S. Geological Survey's South Central Climate Science Center. The goal is to look at the potential effects of climate change for 20 terrestrial vertebrate species, and help researchers and wildlife managers visualize what the distribution of suitable climatic conditions may look like for these species in the future. The Service, New Mexico Game and Fish Department, and the Desert and Great Plains LCCs were involved in informing the scope and species for this project, and worked closely with the CSC on identifying information relevant to managers. For more information, please contact Dana Roth

Stream Engineers and Climate Change

Using beaver to restore streams

Stream ecosystems are facing widespread degradation due to factors like land use and climate change, and the interest in using beaver for stream restoration has gained momentum in recent years. In 2011, the North Pacific LCC provided funds to the Service and Portland State University to convene over 200 people to learn about and discuss the inclusion of beaver in stream restoration. A series of workshops brought together experts from around the region to share their work with a diverse groups of managers, and present on-the-ground examples of management techniques. For more information, contact Mary Mahaffy.

Climate Change in the Spotlight:

President Asserts that Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored

On April 18, 2015, the President spoke about his commitment to combating the threat of climate change and to keeping ourselves and future generations safe in his weekly address. He also highlighted the issue of climate change in his Earth Day visit to the Florida Everglades, a system highly vulnerable to a changing climate.

New Opportunities:

New Tool Announced:

CRAVe Vulnerability Assessment Registry
The Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe) will provide a searchable, public registry of vulnerability assessments. The effort is a partnership between NCCWSC and EcoAdapt, with support from USGS, the Service and USFS. CRAVe will be released publicly at the National Adaptation Forum the week of May 11, 2015, with an online briefing on May 7.

When: March 7, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Learn more & register here

Upcoming Webinar

Live from the National Adaptation Forum
The 2nd National Adaptation Forum is May 12-14 in St Louis. You can participate in a live webinar to hear a recap of discussions on moving beyond adaptation awareness and planning for adaptation action

When: March 14, 2015
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

Learn more & register here

Upcoming Webinar

Adapting Conservation Easements to Climate Change

Join Dr. Adena Rissman from the University of Wisconsin - Madison for a discussion on adapting conservation easements to climate and landscape change. How can we plan for permanence in a changing world?

When: March 27, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

Learn more & register here

New Report Released:

Climate Change Adaptation in the U.S.

A recent US Global Change Research Group (USGCRP) report describes the current status of federal climate change adaptation activities, including an overview of Service projects and priorities and highlights of the work of the LCCs.

About this newsletter

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Climate Change Update newsletter allows our staff to share success stories, identify key resources, and stay up-to-date about our agency's climate change response.

Provide Content

The National Climate Team and scientists from across the Service are working together to develop this newsletter, and we welcome your input. Please contact Kate Freund to help provide content for future editions.  

Explore Past Issues 

Past issues of this newsletter are available on the Service's climate change webpage.




Last updated: May 12, 2015

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