JOIN US IN TACOMA this October for the 8th Annual Northwest Climate Conference. The Northwest Climate Conference annually brings together more than 300 researchers and practitioners from around the region to discuss scientific results, challenges, and solutions related to the impacts of climate on people, natural resources, and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.
The conference is the region's premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas about regional climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science and practice. The conference also provides a forum for presenting emerging policy and management goals, objectives, and information needs related to regional climate impacts and adaptation.
Don't miss this opportunity to share, learn, and discuss the latest decision-relevant climate science with other experts in the Pacific Northwest!
The conference is sponsored by the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC), a network of over 250 mental health, resilience, climate, faith, disaster response, and other professionals working to prevent harmful psychological & psycho-social-spiritual reactions to climate impacts and use them as catalysts to increase both human and ecological well being.
From Adverse Childhood Experiences, to job and financial struggles and racial and other forms of inequity and injustice, trauma and toxic stress are epidemic today. Climate change will aggravate all of these adversities, and add many new ones as well. Many programs in the PNW help people with childhood, family, and other traumas. Washington and Oregon are also among the leaders in cutting climate-damaging greenhouse gasses. This conference will show how by breaking down silos and linking these issues, a powerful human resilience building movement can be launched that not only prevents harmful human reactions to climate change, but also advances individual and collective well being and equity while reducing emissions.
Join one of our upcoming webinars to learn more about how to lead the World Climate Simulation, a mock-UN climate negotiation exercise that thousands have participated in to better understand what is needed to address the climate challenge. On this webinar you will get started learning how to facilitate the exercise, using C-ROADS, ask questions, and hear from others who have been successful in leading local events.
This free webinar will take place on Tuesday, September 5th 2017 from 11 AM to 12:15 PM Pacific Daylight Time and is being hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Climate Change Program. This webinar is the first installment of the Topics in Climate Change Adaptation Planning webinar series being launched by the ITEP Climate Change Program.
The Northwest Climate Toolbox (http://climatetoolbox.org) is a collection of web tools for visualizing observed and projected climate information to help with decision making in agricultural, water management, and fire management. his webinar will provide an overview of the datasets behind the Northwest Climate Toolbox and a demonstration of the functionality of the Climate Mapper tool, some example applications, and a short discussion of the development of this tool with lessons learned from user testing.
Our Water from Summit to Sea: Intertribal Water Forum
Establishing a Tribal Collaboration for Water Resources
Water is a highly critical and invaluable resource for many tribal communities and is a resource that is at the heart of tribal culture, spirituality, and society. Tribal communities view their relationship to the water and other natural resources as one of stewardship. This stewardship is a legacy that has been handed down from one generation to the next for countless generations. The key principle in the stewardship approach is “to leave the resource better than when you found it.” Today, stewardship to water and natural resources is becoming difficult as the demands and pressures on these resources increases.
In recent years, tribal water resources have been under increasing pressure for a multitude of reasons and demands, including commerce, agriculture, fish/wildlife, municipal use, recreation, hydropower, and more. These demands are facing a bigger peril, which is the impact climate change is having on water resources, hydro-systems, and water management schemes. Despite how critical a resource water is to the tribal world, conversations about water resources has consistently been sub-issue focused or as a secondary issue. This holds particularly true in terms of intertribal collaboration. For example, the Columbia Basin Fish Accords, aligned tribes and federal agencies on fish and wildlife and hydropower operations, but water is a secondary issue or supporting cast member to the desired outcomes of the Accords. This is the most recent effort in the Pacific Northwest, where water has been a topic of intertribal coordination.
To date, there is an imperative need to gather tribes in a forum to begin coordination around water resources. Looking at the State of Oregon and the nine federally-recognized tribes, there is vast diversity in location, environment, culture, and water resources. This project would bring the nine federally-recognized tribes together to begin a dialogue that will capture their common interests around water and outline some prominent objectives, ideally some policy objectives. These objectives should be realistic and achievable.
William W. Knight Law Center
University of Oregon- School of Law
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1221
ATNI Energy Program
University of Washington, Pack Forest Conference Center, Eatonville, Washington
*TCC is organized through a collaboration of Tribal and Non-tribal partners
The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), Institute for Tribal Government (ITG), United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), and the Department of the Interior's (USDI) Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are collaborating to offer Tribal Climate Camp (TCC) to support teams of tribal leaders, climate change coordinators, planners, and program managers to build skills, gather information, and develop tribal policy needed to address climate change impacts.
TTCC Goals and Objectives are based in understanding Native climate sensitivity
Native communities are among the most climate-sensitive groups within the Northwest, Southern and Eastern regions of the United States. Increasing the resilience of tribal governments and native communities is critical to prepare for future climate change scenarios.
If you are interested in having a team attend this, or a future year’s camp, contact:
Don Sampson, ATNI Climate Change Project Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Daley-Laursen, TCC Director email@example.com
If you are interested in learning more about TCC curriculum, contact:
Kyle Powys Whyte, Chair, TCC Program Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a question related to travel, location, or any other question, contact:
Arwen Bird, TCC Coordinators email@example.com or Peggy Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
Expanding Tribal Energy Development through Partnerships: Powering Your Community with Tribal Energy
Many tribes have entered into successful partnerships with universities, state and federal agencies, cities and counties, energy companies, electric utilities, and energy developers with the ultimate goal of developing energy projects as a means toward self-sufficiency and self-determination, and to strengthen economic development opportunities on Indian lands. Partnership activities have run the gambit from oil and natural gas development to renewable energy development, feasibility studies, tribal utility formation, and access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) resources. In this webinar, attendees will hear about successful partnerships and how the successes can be replicated. We encourage tribal nations and energy industry professionals interested in expanding their energy resource options and increasing economic development and self-determination activities to attend.
· Presenters: Accepting oral presentations and posters
· Date: July 11-13, 2017
· Place: NOT a webinar, this conference is held in Corvallis, OR
· Summary: Adapting forest regeneration practices to changing climate, natural disturbances, policies, markets, and technology present continuous challenges and opportunities. Access to the best available scientific research on these topics is key to successfully adapting to these changes. This conference will bring together leading forest researchers and practitioners to share the latest research findings on managing forest regeneration and early stand dynamics in changing environments around the globe.
Climate Reality Leadership Corps applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
Key points about Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainings:
· Climate Reality Leadership Corps Trainings are completely self-funded by attendees. There is no fee to attend the training, but you will need to pay for your own travel and lodging. During the training, The Climate Reality Project will provide all training materials.
· Training attendees must secure their own travel to and accommodation during the event. We encourage applicants to seek funding through other organizations, businesses, community groups, and other similar sources.
· All trainings are in English. Unfortunately, translation services cannot be provided and if you want materials in other languages, you should be prepared to translate them as needed.provided and if you want materials in other languages, you should be prepared tate them as needed..
· Completing the training means you will be a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and join our global network of Climate Reality Leaders.
· Climate Reality Leaders commit to a minimum of ten (10) activities with The Climate Reality Project, including presentations, media, advocacy and other events within a year after attending a training, and will be required to sign an agreement prior to the training.
· If accepted, you must attend all three (3) days of the training.
· A parent or legal guardian must give permission for a minor between the ages of 13 and 18 to attend the training. A parent or legal guardian must accompany an attendee who is under the age of 13 and must apply and be accepted in order to attend the training.
· To become a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, you must be accepted and attend one of our trainings with our Founder and Chairman, former US Vice President Al Gore.
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Tribal Water in the Pacific Northwest: Strategies for resolving key issues for Tribal water availability, conservation, and regulation
Who Should Attend
Attorneys, Tribal, local, state and federal governmental representatives, environmental professionals, business executives, water users and their representatives
Why You Should Attend
The Fourth Annual Conference brings together an exceptional faculty to address major developments for Tribal water in the Pacific Northwest. We are pleased to include Duane Mecham, Senior Attorney, US DOI Office of the Solicitor, speaking on the impact of the new administration on Tribal water policies and adapting Tribal Strategies to changes at the key Federal agencies. Here is an essential update on the role of Tribal governments in discussions regarding water availability, conservation and regulations in the Pacific Northwest. Leading attorneys, Tribal and agency representatives will discuss Umatilla Tribe reserved rights and Yakama Nation cooperative efforts for resource preservation and improvement, creative water supply management, updates on Klamath Basin issues, stream flows and water release management on the Columbia River, updates on the Cluverts Case, and the impact of the Hirst Case. You will hear about technical considerations for water resource management and provisions of the EPA's new rule authorizing Tribes to administer the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) program within their reservations, and tips for applying for TAS status.
Throughout our Tribal Water Law conference, we will explore ways in which Tribes, local governments and water agencies can work cooperatively to ensure an adequate and sustained supply of water for mutually beneficial uses into the future. We hope you can join us.
~Susan K. Driver, Esq., Program Co-Chair of Dorsay & Easton LLP & Thomas P. Schlosser, Esq., Program Co-Chair of Morisset Schlosser Jozwiak & Somerville
Register soon. Live webcast is also available.
What You Will Learn
- ~Impact of the 2016 Presidential election on federal and Tribal water policies
- ~Pending Tribal water issues in the Pacific Northwest
- ~Technical, legal and Tribal perspectives on the water supply problem
- ~Update on Klamath Basin issues
- ~Stream flows in the Pacific Northwest
- ~Water release management on the Columbia River
- ~Update on the Culverts Case
- ~Impact of the Hirst Case
- ~Technical considerations of water resources management
- ~Provisions of the EPA's new rule authorizing tribes to administer the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) program within their reservations
- ~Process for applying for TAS status
To Register: Call us at: 206-567-4490 Fax the registration form to us at: 206-567-5058 Email us at: email@example.com Online: www.lawseminars.com Mail the registration form on the front page.
Walk-ins are welcome, subject to space availability. Registration is complete when we receive payment or agree to later payment.
Speaker(s): Jacob LaFontaine
Affiliation(s): USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center
Presentation Time: 12:00 PST
Estimates of streamflow are critical to inform natural resource managers about water availability for both human and ecological needs. Monitoring streamflow using a streamgage provides information about the amount and timing of surface water resources. However, hydrologic models can be used to provide estimates of streamflow in the absence of streamflow information and assess the potential effects of changes in climate and land cover on hydrologic response. The USGS has developed a National Hydrologic Model to support coordinated, comprehensive and consistent hydrologic model development, and facilitate the application of hydrologic simulations within the conterminous United States. Jacob LaFontaine's research developed hydrologic simulations for historical and potential future climate and land cover to characterize watersheds across the southeastern United States. These hydrologic simulations provide estimates of water availability and streamflow characteristics and provide a methodology for further National Hydrologic Model development.
· Presenters: David Coyle (Southern Regional Extension Forestry and University of Georgia), Steve McNulty (USDA Forest Service, Southeast Regional Climate Hub), and Jennifer Moore-Myers (USDA Forest Service, Southeast Regional Climate Hub)
· Presentation Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
· Presentation Time: 1:00pm EDT (10:00am PST)
· Summary: This webinar will discuss the impact weather and climate have on forest health and productivity. We will discuss short-and long-term impacts of droughts, floods, winds, and ice on insect and fungal populations and damage in southern forests. North America has experienced some intenses weather events in recent years, with the drought that occurred in fall 2016 in the southeastern US as the most recent example. This drought contributed to forest fires that ravaged forested areas across the region, particularly in the Gatlinburg, TN area. In 2015, Hurricane Matthew brought flooding to much of the Carolinas, and previous hurricanes have impacted natural areas in the same way. An ice storm in 2014 caused severe damage to timber in several Georgia counties. There is no doubt weather plays a major role in forest health and productivity. This webinar will cover the impacts of weather on climate and forest health and productivity, resistance and susceptibility to pests, and how we can better manage forests to deal with future weather-related issues.
Presenter: Rebecca Hale, Idaho State University
Social media provides unique opportunities to understand how people experience their environments. We're using the Yahoo Flickr Creative Commons (YFCC) 100M dataset, which contains the metadata for 100 million Flickr images, to understand not only where people enjoy the environment, but why. We're using qualitative data analysis techniques as well as tools such as species distribution modeling to understand the social and ecological factors determining cultural ecosystem service provisioning. Cultural ecosystem services are the nonmaterial benefits that people receive from ecosystems, such as recreation, spiritual and cultural values, and sense of place. This presentation focuses on an assessment of cultural ecosystem services provided by Idaho’s many rivers. The long term goal of this work is to evaluate the utility of these data sources to help guide conservation decisions at the landscape scale.
About the presenter:
Rebecca Hale is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University. Trained as an ecosystem ecologist, her work sits at the interface of ecology, hydrology, geography, and history.
Copy and paste web address: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6332570529865166081?mc_cid=7d5b348ffe&mc_eid=c0a8339cbe to register for webinar.
· Presenter: Aurelia Baca, Climate Specialist with the Eastern Threat Center-hosted USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH)
· Presentation Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
· Presentation Time: 11:00am EDT (8:00am PST)
· Summary: Please join the USDA Forest Service Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Resources team for its second discussion about what it will take to create seed zone guidelines to serve as tools for improved collaborations and partnership in the region. Ms. Baca will deliver a lecture on the climate science factors that must be considered when developing updated seed zones for the southeastern US. After the lecture, participants will share their own expertise and have further opportunities to get involved in the effort.
Event Location: Wenatchee Convention Center, Wenatchee WA
When salmon got listed, the state of Washington and many tribal nations supported the unprecedented establishment of regional salmon recovery organizations and lead entities, the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to guide locally driven salmon recovery. We continue to face an uphill battle for salmon recovery, made even steeper by increasing pressures from a growing human population and the impacts of climate change.
Using Drought Forecasts to Improve Natural Resource Management
· Presenter: Richard Palmer, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Northeast Climate Science Center
· Presentation Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
· Presentation Time: 3:00pm EDT (12:00pm PST)
· Summary: Natural resource managers face increasing challenges in dealing with drought. As competition for water increases between its various uses, our ability to forecast the onset and termination of drought becomes ever more important. This is particularly true given forecasts of the increasing frequency and intensity of drought suggested by climate change models. This talk with present a brief history of drought forecasting and its application in resource management. Drought indicators currently in practice will be explored as well as emerging indicators. Additionally, the fundamentals of drought planning will be reviewed, particularly the challenges of developing robust policies that work well when future conditions are difficult to predict. The challenges in applying these forecasts associated with the forecast accuracy will be discussed, as will other limitations. Finally, the potential for improving our ability to predict regional drought in the near future will be explored.
A collaboration between the Climate Learning Network and the Climate Science Initiative, this webinar provides an overview of the USDA North Plains Climate Hub's working partnerships with Cooperative Extension at the 1862 land-grant universities throughout the region.
- Windy Kelley - University of Wyoming - Extension Weather Variability and Agricultural Resiliency
- Specialist, USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub Regional Extension Program Coordinator
Pre-registration not required. .
Connecting Insights to Policy-Making and the Institutional Context
-explore activities and tools that facilitate effective adaptation and build social-ecological resilience in the context of changing landscapes. Nina Burkardt (United States Geological Survey) and Laurie Yung (University of Montana).
Log-in to the webinar through AdobeConnect at https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/socioecological_resilience/. You will be prompted to download a plug-in the first time you access AdobeConnect. There is no password for the webinar meeting room.
Audio for the webinar is available via your computer speakers or through the conference line 1-888-844-9904, passcode 2453228#.