Kenai Watershed Forum — Wetlands Inventory and Assessment for Priority Mantanuska-Susitna Watershed Areas

WatershedMapThe Wetlands Inventory and Assessment for Priority Cook Inlet Watershed Areas has been recently completed by NWB LCC member Kenai Watershed Forum (KWF). This project consists of two primary components, 1) mapping wetlands on a priority watershed in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and 2) participation in a watershed-level wetland assessment. The mapping is complete, digital maps in ESRI shapefile and Google Earth .kmz formats can be accessed at:http://www.cookinletwetlands.info/Downloads/Downloads.htm. The mapping sheet is available for download as a pdf file (5.1 Mb, 36”x48”) via the following link: http://cookinletwetlands.info/downloads/sheet1landscapesections.pdf.

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Forest Management Guide for Boreal Landscapes

OntarioFireTalk_RempelNow available: The Forest Management Guide for Boreal Landscapes, released by Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, is a guide used by forest managers when planning and implementing forest management operations. The objective of the Landscape Guide is to direct forest management activities to maintain or enhance natural landscape structure, composition and patterns that provide for the long term health of forest ecosystems in an efficient and effective manner. A webinar describing the application of this guide will be on Thursday, April 17, 2 pm Eastern.

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Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions – Climate Insights 101

PICS Canada offers online climate courses: Climate Insights 101 is a short course series designed to provide users with an in-depth understanding of climate science and related issues. Read more here.PICS Climate 101

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US-IALE Conference – Cumulative Impacts and Landscape Initiatives

logoThe 2014 US-IALE (International Association of Landscape Ecologists) Annual Symposium will be held Sunday, May 18 through Thursday, May 22 in Anchorage, Alaska! This will be the first time Alaska has been the host of a US-IALE Symposium and we hope you’ll join us and experience our diverse landscape. For more information, click here.

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Warming McKenzie River is melting Arctic sea ice

A new NASA study finds that warmer than normal waters from rivers draining into the Arctic Ocean each summer are eating away at the sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. Led by Son Nghiem of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., the research team used satellite data to measure the surface temperature of the waters discharging from Canada’s McKenzie River into the Beaufort Sea during the summer of 2012 and noticed surface waters being warmed suddenly due to the sudden influx of warm river water. Read the full press release by NASA’s Maria-Jose Vinas here198-IMG_3020

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BEACONs – Seeing the forest for the trees

A conservation framework developed at the University of Alberta is helping the forest planners behind the world’s largest conservation agreement see the bigger picture. The Canadian main-forest-for-the-treesFoundation for Innovation’s Fraser Los has published an article describing the Boreal Ecosystems Analysis for Conservation Networks (BEACONs) framework. This article describes “a new planning strategy that’s charting a new path for conservation in Canada’s North“. Read the article here.

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2013 Annual Report Now Available

NWB Annual Report Front CoverThe annual report of Northwest Boreal LCC’s activities and projects for federal fiscal year 2013 is available at the following link: NWB LCC 2013 Annual Report.

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Ecosystem Stewardship and Planning for Change

Dr. F. Stuart Chapin, III (Terry) is an ecosystem ecologist whose research addresses the sustainability of ecosystems and human communities in a rapidly changing planet. His work emphasizes the impacts of climate change on Alaskan ecology, subsistence resources, and indigenous communities, as a basis for developing climate-change adaptation plans.

On January 10, 2014 Terry presented an overview of Ecosystem Stewardship and Planning for Change to members and partners of the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative in Whitehorse, YT. You can view Terry’s presentation on our YouTube channel here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgXyqyZfk_M&list=PL5OV4-zBXlADXkk2fRgQAWgxlKMIbUGJm&index=1

For more information on Terry’s work, you can visit his webpage here: http://terrychapin.org/

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Sign up for LCC Network News

Each of the 22 LCCs works with diverse partners in their communities to address local science and conservation issues. They have great websites and outreach materials that highlight the work they are doing,but the LCC Network also offer this bimonthly network newsletter to help bring together the conservation work of all Network partners at the regional, national and international level. Click here to learn more. lcc-logo

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Request for Proposals

This program supports projects that demonstrate effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change.  Interested organizations should carefully review the information outlined in the Request for Proposals and the Applicant Guidance Document for instructions, and visit the Climate Adaptation Fund’s website.

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