Webinar ~ Change and Scenario Planning’s Usefulness for Managing Natural Resources

Dylan Beach and Douglas Clark from the School of Environment and Sustainability at the
University of Saskatchewan, have recently published an article on scenario planning. Dylan will be presenting an NWB LCC hosted webinar on Wed. April 1 (see below for details).

Beach, D. M., and D. A. Clark. 2015. Scenario planning during rapid ecological change: lessons and perspectives from workshops with southwest Yukon wildlife managers. Ecology and Society 20(1): 61.

Next Wednesday, April 1 ~ 12-1pm AK/ 1-2pm Yukon/ 2-3pm SK

Audio will be broadcast via teleconference:
1-866-755-3168, passcode 40211914
Slides will be broadcast by webex, instructions below:
Meeting Number: 449 875 146
Meeting Passcode: 40211914
2. Type in the Meeting Number & Passcode
3. Choose “Conference” and click proceed
4. First time users, click on “New Users” to check your system and download the software. Then go back to Join Net Conference page.
5. Enter your name
6. Agree to the terms and conditions and click proceed

Contact brett_parks@fws.gov if you have any questions

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NWB LCC Steering Committee Member and Colleagues Publish New Article

wolf for newsletterBertram, M. R., Ciakoski, J. R., & Lake, B. C. (2015) Wolf (Canis lupus) Winter Density and Territory Size in a Low Biomass Moose (Alces alces) System. Arctic Institute of North America. 68(2), 62-68

DOI Access – http://dx.doi.org/10.14430/arctic4458

If you would like to see your publication featured here, please contact brett_parks@fws.gov.

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New Job Announcement with the LCC Network!

Visit our jobs link for more information.

E-mail brett_parks@fws.gov to share your job listing with our community!

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Climate Change in Our Backyard 2015: Kenai Peninsula Climate Conference and Information

Delete after useLiving the paradigm shift through science and conversation

  • Where: Kenai Peninsula College
  • When: Saturday March 28th from 9AM to 4PM
  • Who: Everyone and Anyone
  • Cost: Free

Flooding Frequency • Salmon Stressors • Coastal Erosion • Wildfire Risk
Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service and other area scientists will share their findings on local impacts from climate change.

Homer’s own award winning author Nancy Lord is our keynote speaker, covering current climate change impacts, forecasted concerns, and how together we can increase peninsula resiliency.

Visit: kenaichange.org for more information.

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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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