Rising to the Challenge of Climate Change

Nearly four years ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was asked to lead development of a nationwide climate adaptation strategy to help fish, wildlife, and plants withsta

Dan Ashe, Director - U.S. Fish Wildlife Service

nd the impacts of climate change. Today I am proud to tell you the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is ready for release.

As you will learn in this 

short video, the Strategy aligns multiple planning efforts at all levels of government; provides a framework for applying science-based information and tools to inform sound resource management decisions in the face of uncertainty; identifies partnership opportunities; and will help target  resources to highest priority needs. It is a cornerstone of our agency’s own Strategic Plan for Climate Change, and is in sync with our efforts to implement Strategic Habitat Conservation as a framework for conserving species populations at landscape scales.

I am proud of the Service’s role in leading development of the Strategy, which was co-led by the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, representing state fish and wildlife agencies. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies provided staff support for developing the Strategy. In addition, dozens of Service staff representing almost every region and program were instr

For a more detailed overview of the plan, I encourage you to participate in a webinar (sign up here) scheduled for April 9.umental in making this Strategy a reality, working from the very beginning to set goals, draft the document,  provide comments and incorporate input from our stakeholders, colleagues and the public. That hard work is reflected in the final document, which is available at www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov  

My predecessor and good friend Sam Hamilton, a strong proponent of the Strategy even before it was formally requested, often said that “as wildlife goes, so goes the nation.” Because of your contributions to efforts like the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy and your continued dedication to our mission, I know we are headed in the right direction.