Skip to comments.National Strategy Proposed to Respond to Climate Change’s Impacts on Fish, Wildlife and Plants
Posted on 01/26/2012 1:35:15 PM PST by EBH
In partnership with state, tribal, and federal agency partners, the Obama Administration released the first draft national strategy to help decision makers and resource managers prepare for and help reduce the impacts of climate change on species, ecosystems, and the people and economies that depend on them. The draft National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, is available for public review and comment through March 5, 2012, and is available here: www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov.
The strategy represents a draft framework for unified action to safeguard fish, wildlife, and plants, as well as the important benefits and services the natural world provides the nation every day, including jobs, food, clean water, clean air, building materials, storm protection, and recreation.
The impacts of climate change are already here and those who manage our landscapes are already dealing with them, said Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes. The reality is that rising sea levels, warmer temperatures, loss of sea ice and changing precipitation patternstrends scientists have definitively connected to climate changeare already affecting the species we care about, the services we value, and the places we call home. A national strategy will help us prepare and adapt.
Congress called for a national, government-wide strategy in 2010, directing the Presidents Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Department of the Interior (Interior) to develop it. CEQ and Interior responded by assembling an unprecedented partnership of federal, state, and tribal fish and wildlife conservation agencies to draft the strategy. More than 100 diverse researchers and managers from across the country participated in the drafting for the partnership.
The partnership is co-led by Interiors US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Commerces National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, representing state fish and wildlife agencies. The strategy will guide the nations efforts during the next five years to respond to current and future climate change impacts such as changing species distributions and migration patterns, the spread of wildlife diseases and invasive species, the inundation of coastal habitats with rising sea levels, and changes in freshwater availability with shifting precipitation and habitat types. The strategy does not prescribe mandatory activities that agencies must take nor suggest regulatory actions; rather, it provides a roadmap for decision makers and resource managers to use in considering climate change implications to their ongoing wildlife and habitat management activities.
Elements of the draft strategy include: Descriptions of current and projected impacts of climate change on the eight major ecosystems of the US; the fish, wildlife, and plant species those ecosystems support; and the vital ecosystem services they provide; Goals, strategies, and actions to reduce the vulnerability and increase the resilience of fish, wildlife, plants, and the communities that depend on them in the face of climate change; Collaborative strategies and actions that agriculture, energy, transportation, and other sectors can take to promote adaptation of fish, wildlife, and plants, and utilize the adaptive benefits of natural resources in their climate adaptation efforts; and A framework for coordinated implementation of the strategy among government and non-governmental entities from national to local scales.
This strategy provides a framework for safeguarding Americas fish, wildlife and plant resources and the valuable services they provide over the long-term, said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. NOAA is committed to working with federal, state, tribal and local government agencies, nongovernment organizations and the public in this process because we all have important roles to play in preparing all regions of our nation in a changing climate.
Leading the development of the strategy is a Steering Committee that includes government representatives from 16 federal agencies, five state fish and wildlife agencies, and two inter-tribal commissions. The Steering Committee includes representatives from the California, Washington, Wisconsin, New York, and North Carolina fish and wildlife agencies to ensure that all 50 states fish and wildlife concerns are considered. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is providing staff support for developing the strategy.
Public comments can be submitted online through the strategy website via a special link. Written comments may be submitted via the US mail to the Office of the Science Advisor, Attn: National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive Suite 222, Arlington, VA 22203. In addition, there will be five public information sessions in various locations around the country and two webinars to provide details and encourage dialogue on the strategy and its development.
I have a feeling that public comment mailbox is going to overflow
Ruh Roh: I have a feeling this will turn into a clusterfugg.
I wonder when the people will have enough of this. When will just violence visit our oppressors?
It’s funny how these folks worship Darwin’s evolution theory but then want to interfere in the process.
That was a little repetetive. Nothing was said. A waste of life.
New regs: Don’t kill nothin for any reason. Stay off federally protected property. Don’t do business here. Don’t drive near hear. Don’t even think about touching mother earth. It’s all off limits to vile human beings.
The fish are dying. The trees are dying. The mountains are dying. The bees are dying. The mosquitos are dying. The polar bears are dying.
I bet they has some objective people participate too.
More agenda driven academic junk science to destroy America.
It’s not just carbon emissions, it’s all carbon based life forms they want to have dominion over.
We should be cutting the budget on this bunch of pinched panty pansy poofers instead of slashing the military.
Not to mention that all these species of fish, wildlife and plants are said to have existed in unchanged form for millions and even hundreds of millions of years through climate changes both far warmer and far colder than now yet suddenly they're all going to die.
Pinging the Agenda 21 folks...the power elite just keep banging the drum! It’s all about them seeking to control us. They don’t give a flying orange peel about the wildlife.
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This is the reason the left or whatever they call themselves now, ignore history.
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