Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Seeks Executive Director; University of Alaska Fairbanks

For more information about this position, visit our ‘jobs‘ tab.

Did you know, you can advertize your job here? Contact Brett_Parks@fws.gov for more information.

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Travel Support Available for National Adapation Forum

The 2nd National Adaptation Forum will be held in St. Louis, Missouri May 12-14, 2015.

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Welcome to the National Adaptation Forum. The National Adaptation Forum gathers the adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation and mutual support for a better tomorrow. Join the convening of adaptation practitioners from around the country focused on moving beyond adaptation awareness and planning to adaptation action.

Travel support to attend the National Adaptation Forum is available due to a handful of generous sponsors, and will be awarded through a competitive review process. Eligible applicants include staff from state, county and municipal government, tribal, non-profit organizations, community leaders, and graduate students working on or studying climate change adaptation. Travel Support will cover transportation, lodging, registration and dining expenses up to $1,800.

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Webinar: The climate has changed, have we? Reflections on 50 years of fire management in Alaska

Randi Jandt, Alaska Fire Science Consortiumrandi

Tues, February 3, 2015
10 a.m. AST (14:00 EST)

Jointly sponsored and hosted with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy

Register here: https://accap.uaf.edu/?q=AK_ Fire

AFSC fire ecologist Randi Jandt will talk about the evolution of Alaska firefighting practices–field and management–over the past 50 years.  We are starting to be aware of the changes in climate and in Alaskan forests:  is the wildfire “problem” the same one we faced a half-century ago?  Have our management approaches and thinking about wildfire changed during that time? She will combine her background in land and fire management agencies with input from long-term observers to discuss which changes might be a response to changing weather, climate, & fire regimes in Alaska.
Contact AFSC Coordinator Alison York (ayork@alaska.edu; 907-474-6964) for more information.

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2014 – Year in Review

 

BorealBanner.pngThe NWB LCC partnership had a productive and exciting 2o14 and is looking forward to 2015! Some of the highlights this year include:

  • Anthropogenic Footprint Maps now available for the Canadian region of the NWB LCC. Ducks Unlimited Canada compiled publicly-available spatial data setsDCU to facilitate future landscape analyses and decision making. The full geodatabase will be hosted online through NWB LCC in 2015, but the report is available now.
  • The BEACONs team has been hard at work to implement the Conservation Matrix Model (CMM) for priority areas in the NWB LCC, and eventually across the entire LCC region. BEACONs is working closely with BLM, and other LCC partners, to design ecological networks of both protected areas and lands managed for multiple values as a basis for adaptive resource management. Workshops for BLM and NWB LCC partners on how to apply the results of the CMM will be held in 2015.
  • We now have over 8,000 references in an annotated bibliography focusing on natural resource management across the NWB LCC region. Our partners at the ARLIS and USGS are working with NWB LCC staff to create an online GIS interface for the bibliography so users can find relevant literature pertaining to a place or ecoregion. The bibliography will be open to the public, look for it in 2015!
  • Over 50 authors from the US and Canada have joined forces to synthesize regionfireal drivers of landscape change, and their impacts, in an easy to read, multi-chapter volume for policy makers, resource managers, communities and public. Thank you to all involved! The Changing Northern Landscape: Drivers of Change and Potential Impacts on the Northwest Boreal Ecosystems will be available as hard copies for purchase and individual chapters will be hosted online for free download in 2015.
  • The LCC Network awarded the NWB LCC a competitive grant to incorporate focal species into the Conservation Matrix Model. That work is currently underway.
  • NWB LCC partners met in Fairbanks in March and Whitehorse in July for  face-to-face Steering Committee meetings.NWB LCC SC at exp forest lookout
  • Eric Schroff (NWB LCC Co-Chair, Director of Yukon Parks) and John DeLapp (NWB LCC Coordinator) presented on the LCC’s efforts to design ecologically-connected landscapes at the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation in Wahsington D.C., October 23-24.
  • Alaska & Northwest Canada LCCs and the Alaska Climate Science Center joined forces to host a conference, Climate Conservation and Community, followed by the first ever joint Steering Committee for all five LCCs. Many NWB LCC Steering Committee members traveled to Anchorage from Yellow Knife, Whitehorse, Fairbanks and Terrace. An article was featured in Outdoor News Bulletin from Wildlife Management Institute.
  • The Strategic Planning Workgroup, comprised of eight engaged Steering Committee Members, met for nine months to draft a 10-year Strategic Plan for the partnership. The Strategic Plan will inform the partnership’s annual efforts and activities and will be available to the public in early 2015.

2014 was also an exciting year for many of our partners. The 15th North American Caribou Workshop was held in Whitehorse, Yukon May 12-16. As an outcome of this workshop, in large part, Yukon boreal caribou is being reviewed as a Species At Risk.  http___www.registrelep-sararegistry.gcNorthwest Territories became responsible for managing public land, water, and resources on April 1. The process of devolution has brought new excitement and engagement from our NWT partners in the NWB LCC. NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) campaign launched in 2014 with the release of its concise experiment plan. Several NWB LCC partners in Alaska, Yukon, NWT and BC are looking forward to partnering with ABoVE in the coming years. ABoVE has a call for proposals open now. The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) has released its Action Plan laying the groundwork to establish a world-class research station in the north. CHARS will promote partnerships and collaboration among the Aboriginal, academic, public and private sectors, both in Canada and internationally. US Forest Service and NASA successfully launched a pilot project to inventory the remote and vast forests of Interior Alaska and integrate into the USDA Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA). The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions in British Columbia is launched Climate Insights 101: A trilogy of online, animated and interactive courses that provide a comprehensive understanding of the causes of climate change, how society can adapt, and the options for mitigation.

Thank you to all of our partners and Steering Committee Members for a memorable year in collaborative conservation. As always, we welcome new partners and new opportunities to work together in 2015! Happy New Year!

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National Ecological Observatory Network In Alaska: Taiga and Tundra

Tuesday January 6, 2015 at 10 am AK/ 11 am PT: The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) is hosting a webinar to describe new NEON study sites in Alaska. Presented by: Katrine Gorham, NEON Field Operations Manager, Alaska. Register here.

As part of the continental scale National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), study sites are being developed in the Alaska Taiga and Tundra regions. NEON will gather long-term data on ecological responses of the biosphere to changes in land use and climate, and on feedbacks with the geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. Please join us for an overview of the NEON project and look ahead at development activities planned for Alaska.

For further information about the NEON program in general watch this video.

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Good Press for Alaska and NW Canada LCCs Conference and Joint Steering Committee Meeting

A great article about the Alaska and Northwest Canada LCCs and Alaska Climate Science Center Climate, Conservation and Community in Alaska and Northwest Canada conference, and the Alaska and Northwest Canada LCC’s joint Steering Committee meeting appeared in a recent Outdoor News Bulletin from the Wildlife Management Institute.

Click here for the full article.

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Webinar – Partnerships, Leveraging, & Thinking Large-scale/ Long-term: Mon. 12/15 2pm AK

This coming Monday, Dec. 15th from 2-3:30pm, all five Alaska LCCs will be hosting a webinar highlighting partnerships, leveraging, and thinking Large-scale/ Long Term in conservation. Topics and presenters include:

  • Suzanne Worker – Western Alaska LCC: From Reach to Region: Promoting a Voluntary Statewide Freshwater Temperature Monitoring Network
  • John DeLapp – Northwest Boreal LCC: Landscape Conservation Design in the Northwest Boreal
  • John Mankowski – North Pacific LCC: Engaging Indigenous People and Knowledge in Our Conservation Network
  • Aaron Poe – Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands LCC: Climate Vulnerabilities in the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands

These topics are selWebinar Flyer WEBect presentations by Science Applications staff from the National Large Landscape Conservation Network Workshop, and the joint LCC and Alaska Climate Science Center Climate Conservation and Community in Alaska and Northwest Canada Conference.

Please join us in the Gordon Watson Room in Anchorage, the Refuges Conference Room in Fairbanks or via WebEx (click here for connection information).

For more information, please click on image for larger flyer, or contact brett_parks@fws.gov.

 

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NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Announces Funding Solicitation

Notices of intent due January 20, 2015, proposals due March 20, 2015 as part of the ROSES-14 Amendendment 43: Task A4 Terrestrial Ecology Program. The focus of this solicitation is the initial research to begin the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign – a large-scale study of ecosystem responses to environmental change in western North America’s Arctic and boreal region and the implications for social-ecological systems. The Overarching Science Question for ABoVE is:

How vulnerable or resilient are ecosystems and society to environmental change in the Arctic and boreal region of western North America?

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Research for ABoVE will link field-based, process-level studies with geospatial data products derived from airborne and satellite sensors, building a foundation for improving the analysis and modeling capabilities needed to understand and predict ecosystem responses and societal implications. This solicitation primarily invites proposals for research investigations to begin the field program and to develop the ABoVE Implementation Plan, which will detail the specific activities to be carried out (what, when, where, how, for how long, etc.) based upon the investigator studies that are selected for participation by NASA and its partner organizations in ABoVE.

The scientific rationales and societal importance for ABoVE, as well as specific science questions to be addressed and the study’s top-level requirements are documented in the ABoVE Concise Experiment Plan. Many aspects of NASA’s organizational structure, management support, interagency/international partnerships, geographical focus, and collaboration/investigation policies have been established; relevant detailed information for proposers is provided in Section 2 of this solicitation and on this landing page at the ABoVE Web Site.

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Three Upcoming Yukon Climate Adaptation Talks on livestream

Bioclimatic Envelopes, Climate Projections and the Implications for Adaptation 505876ac-12b1-463b-8092-a61fecd97db7_170x255Strategies for Yukon’s Boreal Forest: Thursday, November 20, 7:30 pm PT (6:30 pm AK)

Presented by: Del Meidinger (Meidinger Ecological Consultants) and Nadele Flyn (Environment Yukon). Talk Outline: Understanding how our ecosystems will adapt to a changing climate is important especially for Yukoners who rely on traditional food sources. In this study, Environment Yukon researchers will look at projected future distribution of ecosystem climate envelopes and explore how the mapping and projections could be used to inform ecosystem management. This event will be broadcast on livestream.

The Mountain Pine Beetle in Novel Habitats: Predicting Impacts to Northern Forests in a Warming Environment (1/2): Thursday, November 4, 7:30 pm PT (6:30 pm AK)

Presented by: Allan Carrol (University British Columbia). Talk Outline: Forest Management Branch and University of British Columbia researchers will look at climate scenarios in which mountain pine beetle could establish and spread in lodgepole pine forests of Yukon. The study will examine the characteristics of Yukon’s northern pine forests to see how susceptible pine trees are to mountain pine beetles and investigate the potential impact the beetles could have on the lodgepole pine trees in Yukon. This event will be broadcast on livestream.

Examining Forest Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Developing Resilience Enhancement Strategies through Long-Term Community Partnerships in Yukon (2/2): Thursday, November 4, 7:30 pm PT (6:30 pm AK)

9f2de463-feef-462a-b5fc-4b962466f9d9_170x255Presented by: Scott Green (University Northern British Columbia). Talk Outline: Building on previous AANDC funded research in the Teslin area, the Energy, Mines and Resources-Forest Management Branch in partnership with the community of Teslin and the University of Northern British Columbia is identifying forest-related vulnerabilities to climate change and community adaptation options through a participatory approach. Community members and research partners have been working together to tailor a project design that addresses relevant questions and appropriate outcomes for the Village of Teslin. This event will be broadcast on livestream.

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NASA maps Alaska forest

DELETE MEFrom Alaska Dispatch News — October 18, 2014

NASA and the U.S. Forest Service have partnered to survey the Tanana Valley State Forest of Interior Alaska.

The airborne investigation looks at fire-burned areas in the forest to enable scientists to see patterns of fire recovery and develop a benchmark for future changes to the region.

 

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