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Conservation Planning Atlas Webinar & E-Forum for Fish & Wildlife Employees

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The North Pacific LCC invites USFWS employees to join a webinar and E-forum for a presentation from Data Coordinator, Tom Miewald, on the new Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA). This webinar will be specifically tailored to USFWS employees and will highlight how the CPA can be of use to you. Additionally, the webinar will include an E-Forum to provide feedback on how the CPA can be improved to better meet your needs.

If you are not a Service employee, but are still interested in how our CPA could benefit your organization, please contact Mary Mahaffy ( to discuss setting up a presentation for your organization. You can also view our past webinar which provides a general overview of the CPA.

Meeting information:

Topic: NPLCC Conservation Planning Atlas Introduction for U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Date: Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Time: 10-11:30 am, (Pacific Time)

Meeting Password (if needed): nplcc

Call-in number: 1-866-628-1318

Passcode: 695 954 9

Climate Change in Alaska’s National Park Areas: State of Change

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

State of Change is the fruit of a three-year collaboration between University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers and the National Park Service (NPS).

The booklet presents a set of complex and interwoven facts about climate change, along with stories told from the perspectives of individuals such as road engineers, subsistence hunters, scientists and Alaska NPS Regional Wildland Fire Ecologist Jennifer Barnes.

In the story titled, Sparked by Lightning: Are Natural Fire Cycles Changing, Jennifer B. says, “Fire will always be a natural force of change on the landscape, [and] climate… has a huge impact on fires. I think there are changes going on and there are more to come. We will continue to learn about the changes, and how to manage and prepare for them.”

The story goes on to state, “Many visitors to Alaska are surprised to learn that wildfire is an important natural component of boreal forest and tundra ecosystems. Sparked by lightning during summer storms, fires burn older vegetation, which is soon replaced by new growth. Changing climate has resulted in larger fires and longer fire seasons in Alaska over the past decade.” Read the entire Sparked by Lightning story at State of Change.

The guide also features photos by Yasunori Matsui, a professional photographer and volunteer with the Alaska NPS wildland fire management program.

Learn more about State of Change and view a PDF file of the booklet here.

Please Join Us for a Presentation from NPLCC GIS Technician, Erin Butts

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Please join us on Tuesday, August 26th at 2 p.m. Pacific Time for a presentation on a landscape conservation planning/mapping project by NPLCC GIS Technician and student intern, Erin Butts. Erin recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Studies and has been working on a post-baccalaureate GIS certificate. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Pacific Region Refuges and Science Applications have been hosting an internship for Erin through a grant funded by the National Science Foundation and administered by Oregon State University. For her capstone project, Erin has performed a regional assessment of spatial priorities according to the Draft Strategic Growth Policy for the National Wildlife Refuge System. These priorities were modeled against different constraints (land value, landscape integrity, climate change and others) using Marxan, a decision support tool to support systematic conservation planning. The results provide information on different ways to contribute to conservation of NWRS priorities in the most strategic manner. This project is intended to provide decision support for refuge planning and design and has the potential to inform/evaluate other efforts such as Landscape Conservation Design and selection/use of USFWS surrogate species. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about this important new tool for Strategic Habitat Conservation, and to help celebrate Erin's successful completion of her internship!

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Washington Connected Landscapes Project Webinar Now Online!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

If you were unable to participate in this week's NPLCC Science-Management Webinar on the Washington Connected Landscapes Project, it is now available for viewing on the NPLCC YouTube page.

You can view the webinar here. Be sure to subscribe to our channel for past and future NPLCC science-management webinars!

For more information on this project, please visit its project profile on our resources page.

The Southwest Climate Science Center is seeking an Outreach and Program Manager

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The outreach and program manager will possess a unique blend of skills and talents, including: sufficient scientific understanding to quickly grasp key insights from climate research; well-honed oral and written communication skills to efficiently translate science for non-expert audiences and also to help communicate stakeholder needs and concerns to scientists; the confidence and organizational skills to help coordinate a dynamic research team; a well-developed set of project management skills.

Read more about the position and apply here.

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