Shared solutions to protect shared values

  • Walrus Cows and Yearlings on Ice. Photo credit: USFWS / Joel Garlich-Miller
  • Touring by canoe. Photo creedit: USFWS / Steve Hillebrand
  • Sunrise. Photo credit: USFWS / Steve Hillebrand

The National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy’s Joint Implementation Working Group received 47 nominations for the 2016 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources. Although not selected as recipients of the 2016 award, these organizations and individuals listed below have demonstrated leadership in reducing climate-related threats and promoting adaptation of the nation’s natural resources.

Nominee Climate Adaptation Actions

Federal Agency Nominations

Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (RECIPIENT)

Incorporated climate vulnerability into over 185 forest management projects across the Midwest, Central Appalachians and the Northeast (2 nominations).

U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center & U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (HONORABLE MENTION) Provides data and tools to help understand climate impacts on fish, wildlife, ecosystems and people.
Adaptation Partners Uses a framework to create science-management partnerships, conduct vulnerability assessments, and develop adaptation plans on federal lands in the West.
Francis Marion National Forest Completed the first land and resource management plan that integrates climate as an ecosystem driver, covering 260,000 acres of National Forest System lands.
National Marine Fisheries Service Fish Stock Climate Vulnerability Assessment Team Assesses the climate vulnerability fisheries-related marine species in the U.S.
Northern Rockies Adaptation Partnership Facilitates ongoing dialogue and activities related to climate change in the Northern Rockies region including producing one of the largest assessments in geographic scope encompassing 15 national forests, 20 wilderness areas and three national parks in the West.
Shawnee National Forest and Partners Works to protect, enhance, and restore wetland and floodplain habitat in the Middle Mississippi River basin.
USDA Forest Service/Rocky Mountain Research Station and Umatilla National Forest/Biochar and Bioenergy Group Proactively implements solutions such as reducing wildfire threat, improving forest resilience, increasing carbon sequestration, developing new carbon accounting tools, and encouraging application of assisted migration.
USA National Phenology Network Collects and applies phenological data to help measure and plan for ecological change including coordinating Nature's Notebook, an observation network of over 18,000 participants, and working with tribes to establish phenology monitoring to inform tribal resource management.

Individual - Federal Agency Nominations

Dan Isaak, U.S. Forest Service (RECIPIENT) Prioritizes climate-informed conservation of aquatic species and habitats in the Western U.S. by mapping cold-water refuges that can support species at risk.
David L. Peterson, U.S. Forest Service (HONORABLE MENTION) Mentors scientists, bridges the science and natural resource management communities, and helps managers develop climate change adaptation strategies across millions of acres of forest in the western U.S.
Dr. Rebecca Lenel Beavers, National Park Service Advances effective National Park coastal adaptive management through new decision support tools.
Richard Bennett, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coordinates over 100 projects that maximize the resilience of fish and wildlife habitats from storm events and sea level rise.
Ken McDermond (deceased), South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Coordinated with the 22 Landscape Conservation Cooperatives to reach consensus to help implement the NFWPCAS and developed the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint, an ecologically connected network.

State and Local Agency Nominations

Environmental Affairs Division, Seattle City Light, City of Seattle (RECIPIENT) Adapts the management of hydropower resources to help ensure that the recovery and protection of listed endangered species can be achieved in the face of climate change.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, DOI North Central Climate Science Center (HONORABLE MENTION) Produced climate vulnerability assessments for high priority wildlife habitats in Colorado and was responsible for Colorado’s State Wildlife Action Plan.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Manages California’s fish, wildlife, and plant resources and habitats for their ecological values and for use and enjoyment by the public.
Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources, Section of Fisheries Develops the science, policies, and partnerships to protect coldwater fish resources in Minnesota including identifying the physiological limits of cisco, a forage base for recreational fisheries.
Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) Contributes data on climate, water resources, fisheries, and wildlife, helping decision-makers adapt to change and reduce risk and vulnerability in Wisconsin and the eastern U.S.

Individual – State and Tribal Nominations

John R. "Jack" Sullivan (RECIPIENT) Champions adaptation actions such as watershed-level models of cold-water stream fishery potential and helped to establish Wisconsin’s leading climate adaptation group, the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts.
Robert Glazer (HONORABLE MENTION) Develops programs that support the NFWPCAS and address local-scale issues including scenario-planning with terrestrial and marine stakeholders, and reducing non-climate stressors on marine/coastal systems.
Amber Pairis Focuses on creatively addressing climate adaptation with nature-based solutions by working with artists on climate projects; building a community of practice to support museums as a voice for change; and leading youth engagement through science activities, storytelling, and art.
Caleen Sisk Leads the Winnemem Wintu Tribe’s efforts to return salmon to their rivers to ensure the health of the people, the watershed, and those downstream.

Tribal Nominations

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (RECIPIENT) Addresses climate risks by conducting vulnerability assessments, developing adaptation plans, and implementing on-the-ground adaptation actions for natural and cultural resources in the Pacific Northwest.
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians (HONORABLE MENTION) Works to understand how climate change is affecting wild rice and its aquatic ecosystem on tribal lands.

Non-governmental Organization Nominations

National Wildlife Federation (RECIPIENT) Provides national leadership in advancing and promoting climate-smart conservation across the conservation community, particularly in the development of widely-used adaptation guidance for conservation practitioners.
NatureServe (HONORABLE MENTION) Provides tools and services that help to safeguard the nation's fish, wildlife, and plants from climate change, including developing the Climate Change Vulnerability Index, the Habitat Climate Change Vulnerability Index and delivering climate-smart conservation courses.
Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) Supports tools and approaches to help managers make informed decisions under changing climate conditions. Examples include an online Alaska Climate and Weather highlights tool and the Historical Sea Ice Atlas for Alaska Waters.
Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust Protects and sustains a connected network of ecologically important lands in the Cacapon River Valley, while maintaining hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing as strong local and rural traditions.
Coastal Resilience Network Increases information on climate impacts and provides tools to identify nature-based adaptation solutions, such as a mapping decision support tool and a system for local and regional planning and domestic and international projects.
The Conservation Fund and Audubon Maryland-DC Implements actions to help the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge adapt to climate change and build climate change resiliency to the landscape.
EcoAdapt Builds the adaptation field in support of the NFWPCAS through tools such as the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange, the National Adaptation Forum, and its Awareness to Action program.
Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) Develops solutions to help coastal communities in New England confront climate challenges.
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Supports tribes that are preparing for and contending with climate impacts by offering training, technical assistance, education resources and tools to build tribal capacity.
National Audubon Society, Science Division Developed Avian Climate Response models to identify which North American bird species are at risk to climate threats and how their distribution is expected to change.
Point Blue Conservation Science Advances climate adaptation of the wildlife and ecosystems of California through a landscape-scale approach (2 nominations).
Restore America's Estuaries Restores coastal wetlands, improves water quality, opens fish passages, builds living shorelines, restores salt marshes, and restores shellfish habitat along the nation's coastline.
The Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative "SOFRC" Promotes climate-smart land management in the Rogue Basin that results in healthy, resilient forests and watersheds, which leads to healthy and resilient communities.

Partnership Nominations

Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent (RECIPIENT) Catalyzes a landscape-scale, collaborative approach to the conservation of natural resources and adaptation across 18 million acres in Montana, Alberta, and British Columbia.
"Climate-Smart Adaptation for the North-central California Coast and Ocean" Planning Team (HONORABLE MENTION) Advances the region's understanding of climate impacts and vulnerabilities to coastal and marine ecosystems.
Conserving Soil Partnership, LLC Increases landscape and watershed-scale ecological function by focusing on conservation and management of working farms and ranches in the Southern Plains.
Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA) Provides an unprecedented look at the vulnerability of four Gulf Coast ecosystems and 11 associated species to assess their susceptibility to future change and aid in developing adaptation strategies.
Nevada Creeks and Communities Team Focuses on demonstrating how both wetland and riparian habitat function and cattle grazing can coexist.
Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Area Community (PIMPAC) Develops and strengthens site-based and ecosystem-based management capacity throughout the Pacific Islands region.
UW-Extension, Environmental Resources Center Uses place-based education and tools to increase the awareness of how climate change is affecting Ojibwe cultural practices and regional ecosystems.