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The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

A panel of 23 federal and state agencies and tribal organizations released the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy  in March of 2013. The Strategy is the first ever national-level plan to help wildlife and ecosystems become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Enacting the Strategy has been a long-running priority for Defenders. We worked closely with Congress to provide legislative direction to the Obama administration to develop the strategy, and helped champion the development of the Strategy while it was underway. We are now closely following its implementation.

Congress Introduces the SAFE Act

In July 2014, Congressman Cartwright (D-PA) introduced the Securing America's Future and Environment (SAFE) Act, a bill to protect American communities, natural resources and wildlife from the increasingly destructive impacts of climate change. The bill is a companion to Senate version of the SAFE Act championed by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Max Baucus (D-MT). Defenders worked closely with both House and Senate offices to get these bills introduced, and Defenders’ Noah Matson testified in support of the bill before the Senate in February, 2014.

The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

One of the biggest barriers for wildlife and natural resource managers in confronting the impacts of climate change is the need for better science. That’s why Defenders’ successfully advocated for the creation of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center within the U.S. Geological Survey. The mission of the Center is to provide natural resource managers with the scientific tools and information they need to develop and execute management strategies that address the impacts of climate change on fish and wildlife and their habitats.”  Defenders’ Noah Matson sits on the Interior Department’s federal Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resources Science, providing input into and support for the operations of the Science Center.

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