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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a long tradition of scientific excellence and always uses the best-available science to inform its work to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habit for the benefit of the American public.
Here in the Mountain-Prairie Region, we leverage the power of our landscape conservation cooperatives to apply strategic habitat conservation, in concert with our partners, through a transparent, peer-reviewed process that ensures the conservation we deliver represents the most-needed and most impactful investment of taxpayer dollars.
In order to meet 21st Century conservation challenges such as climate change, our business model strives to accomplish the right actions, in the right places, at the right times - all based on sound science. This landscape conservation framework has resulted in greater efficiencies amongst the conservation community and strengthened partnerships between the Service and other scientific and resource management organizations. It has also led to groundbreaking conservation successes, such as the preservation of millions of acres of intact habitats in areas including the Flint Hills of Kansas, the wetland complexes of the Dakotas, and the Rocky Mountain Front and Blackfoot River valley in Montana, while preserving the rich cultural and agricultural heritage of these landscapes.
DOI Issues New Policy on Climate Change
A new DOI manual chapter provides guidance for addressing climate change impacts. The chapter provides guidance for addressing climate change impacts upon the Department's mission, programs, operations, and personnel.
Excerpt from the policy
It is the policy of the Department to effectively and efficiently adapt to the challenges posed by climate change to its mission, programs, operations, and personnel. The Department will use the best available science to increase understanding of climate change impacts, inform decision making, and coordinate an appropriate response to impacts on land, water, wildlife, cultural and tribal resources, and other assets. The Department will integrate climate change adaptation strategies into its policies, planning, programs, and operations, including, but not limited to, park, refuge, and public land management; habitat restoration; conservation of species and ecosystems; services and support for tribes and Alaska Natives; protection and restoration of cultural, archeological and tribal resources; water management; scientific research and data collection; land acquisition; management of employees and volunteers; visitor services; construction; use authorizations; and facilities maintenance.