The North Central Climate Science Center is pleased to see the announcement of the USDA Climate Hubs
. The NC CSC continues to be in close communication with the team leads for the Northern Plains Hub. The NC CSC is excited about the additional attention and resources the USDA hubs will bring to the arena of climate science and land management. Their focus on agricultural and private lands should compliment well the NC CSC's focus on DOI lands. There is also the potential for mutually beneficial forest-related climate science activities where collaboration will be explored. Further, close communication and coordination between the NC CSC and the USDA hubs, as well as with NOAA's Western Water Assessment and National Integrated Drought Information Service, will ensure maximizing leverage and expertise among these groups.