The Fish and Wildlife Service is working
collaboratively with a host of climate researchers to develop an understanding
of the effects of climate change in the Pacific Northwest and what
it will take to manage fish and wildlife resources. Listed here are
links to up-to-date information, documents, and resources. Climate
change is a fast-growing topic of increasing interest and we
will update this page regularly.
The National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy
In partnership with State and Tribal agencies, the Obama Administration today released the Nation's first strategy to help public and private decision makers address the impacts that climate change is having on natural resources and the people and economies that depend on them.
The goal of the Fish and Wildlife Service's Science Excellence is to strengthen our tradition of scientific excellence in the conservation of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitat. This new web site will maintain information on implementation of Science Excellence and matters related to science policy, science in action, and scientific journals.
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
To emphasize strategic conservation on a landscape level, the Fish and Wildlife Service has developed a national geographic framework composed of 22 Geographic Areas for the Service and partners to plan and design conservation strategies at landscape scales. Landscape Conservation Cooperatives will be formal science-management partnerships that will provide science support for developing and implementing conservation strategies at landscape scales. The emphasis will be on biological planning, conservation design, research, and designing inventory and monitoring programs. Products developed by the Cooperatives will help inform field-based planning, decision-making for on-the-ground conservation efforts.
Learn more about Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in the Pacific Region.
For 15 years, we
have worked toward reducing our impact on the environment. From the
implementation of an extensive waste reduction and recycling program
in 1993, to the current activities sponsored by our Climate Change
Committee, we have established a commitment to minimizing the impacts
of our own actions. We take pride in the fact
that our office has received two notable awards for waste reduction,
recycling, and a green acquisition program: 1) the Department
of Interior Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance’s
Environmental Achievement Award in
2000, and 2) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Facility/Office
Environmental Leader Award in 2007. By
changing various operations in our office, and encouraging our staff
to make helpful changes at home, we are striving, at a personal level,
to reduce our "footprint".
USFWS Releases Final Climate Strategy September 27, 2010, as part of the Department of the Interior’s commitment to building a coordinated strategy to respond to the impacts of climate change on the nation’s natural resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its strategic plan that will guide the agency’s efforts to respond to the unprecedented threat posed by global warming.
The State of the Birds: 2011 Report on Climate Change
Acollaboration of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and experts from the nation's leading conservation organizations, shows that climate changes will have an increasingly disruptive effect on bird species in all habitats, with oceanic and Hawaiian birds in greatest peril.
Global Climate Change: Impacts in the United States Integrating federal research and solutions for climate and global change
Climate change is already having visible impacts in the United States. The choices we make now will determine the severity of its impacts in the future according to a new federal study assessing the current and anticipated domestic impacts of climate change.
Beyond Seasons End - Fish and Wildlife in the Era of Climate Change
A place for fish and wildlife professionals to share information and discuss ideas about confronting the threat of global climate change. The site is sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing pragmatic and politically viable solutions to tough policy challenges.
2011 Wild Links: Coordinating across political borders to help species and habitats adapt to a changing climate October 24-25, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada>
Wild Links is an annual wildlife briefing, which gathers experts and interested citizens to share ideas and better coordinate ongoing efforts to keep our region's wildlife and wildlife habitat wild and connected.
Climate Change Learning Center National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, West Virginia Workshops and Webinars
Great Basin/Mojave Desert Climate Change Workshop April 20-22, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada
A focus on how climate change is affecting natural resources in deserts of the western U.S., as well as the land, water, and species management and research needs that are essential to address in the coming decade. Workshop Agenda
Climate Change Impacts on Olympic Peninsula Salmon November 10, 2009, in Olympia, Washington
View the new video lecture series on climate change and fish provided from this one-day workshop. The workshop was conducted as a part of the WestWide Climate Initiative's Olympic Climate Change Case Study and was co-sponsored by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Olympic National Forest, Olympic National Park, and the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.
Hawai‘i in a Changing Climate: Ecological, Cultural, Economic and Policy Challenges and Solutions July 28-30, 2009, in Honolulu, Hawaii
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephen H. Schneider, a noted climate change expert and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Plenary Speakers: Dr. Pualani Kanakaole Kanahele, an internationally renowned cultural practitioner, scholar, teacher, and Hawaiian community leader; and Mr. Jon Jarvis, Director of the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service
Climate Change, Wildife and Wildlands Video A full 12 minute, high definition, engaging and highly informative video on climate change science and impacts on wildlife and their habitat in U.S., to be used in classrooms as an introduction to the topic or in Visitor Centers and in interpreter talks in informal educational settings.
Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit This new version of the toolkit is designed for classroom teachers and informal educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, etc., and is aimed at the middle school grade level. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with six other federal agencies (National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USDA/Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management), developed the kit to aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting our nation’s wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become “climate stewards.”