December 21, 2016 – The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) has recently released a new education resource on climate change adaptation responses to help the USDA Forest Service, USDA Climate Hubs, other agencies, and the general public learn more about responding to a changing climate. The CCRC is an online, nationally-relevant resource that connects land managers and decision-makers with credible, relevant, and useable science to address climate change in natural resource planning and application.
Natural resource managers are already observing changes in their forests and rangelands and experiencing challenges managing these lands in a changing climate. In order to continue to maintain healthy forests and rangelands into the future, land managers need to understand how to address these challenges and respond to climate change effects. This requires that managers assess the vulnerabilities and risks associated with climate change and choose the best course of action for the landscapes they manage.
The new interactive module, “Responses to Climate Change: What You Need to Know”, provides a brief, 15-minute overview of adaptation options for resistance, resilience, and transition, and describes how to incorporate these ideas into natural resource planning and activities. The interactive features within the module allow users to control their learning experience, with opportunities to explore outside links and see examples of how managers are adapting to climate change on the ground. This is the third module in a series of education modules produced by the CCRC.
The first education module, “Climate Change Science and Modeling” covers the fundamentals of climate change science, and the second module, “Climate Change Effects on Forests and Grasslands” builds on that foundation, examining climate change effects around the country. This third new module completes the series by focusing on solutions for adapting ecosystems to climate change.
The “Responses to Climate Change” learning material is followed by a regionally-specific activity that engages users in creating their own adaptation plan based on real-world examples. Completing the activity will generate a personalized certificate. The module is available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/ccrc/education/responses-climate-change.
RELATED STORY & INTERVIEW
Inside the BARN with Dannele Peck, NEW Director of the Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub…
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) December 6, 2016 – On Feb 5th, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of the 1st-ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the nation, and one of the seven is based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is the NEW Director of the Northern Plains Regional Climate Hib Dannele Peck. Within the interview you’ll learn…
- Dannele Peck’s Background & Expertise
- What are the USDA Climate Hubs?
- What is the role of the USDA Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub?
- USDA Partnerships and Outside Organizations
- Research Projects
- Upcoming Workshops
- & MORE
To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…
BONUS INFORMATION FROM NPRCH Director Peck:
The NOAA Western Water Assessment put together especially for the Northern Plains Hub and our producers. It’s called the “Rocky Mountains – High Plains Climate Dashboard,” which provides the most relevant short-term and longer-term weather forecasts (temps, precip, drought, reservoir levels) all in a single place: http://wwa.colorado.edu/climate/dashboard2.html. Folks can go see for themselves that 1-3 month forecasts for Colorado are calling for a warmer December to February, with just normal precip, which means our soils could dry out even more between now and Feb. So it makes sense that the Drought Monitor is calling for continued drought in the eastern half of Colorado through at least February. I think it’s a great resource—one I’d like more people to be aware of.
-Dannele Peck, Director of the Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub
Northern Plains Hub’s purpose is to deliver science-based knowledge, practical information, management/conservation strategies, and decision tools to farmers, ranchers, forest landowners that will help them to adapt to weather variability and changing climatic conditions. CLICK HERE to learn more or follow the Northern Plains Hub on Facebook or Twitter or check out their YouTube Channel for even more information.