Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
NREL Fall 2012 Seminar Series Managing our Natural Resources for Changing Climate
Facilitated by Dennis Ojima (CSU NREL) and Jeff Morisette (USGS NC CSC)
The NREL (Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory) seminar series was co-sponsored by the Department of Interior's North Central Climate Science Center and NREL with Drs. Jeff Morisette and Dennis Ojima co-organizing the series. The speakers for the series represented a number of experts engaged in researching natural resource management issues relative to climate and other global change effects. In addition, a number of speakers were involved in the on-going U.S. National Climate Assessment and shared some of the findings related to technical inputs to the efforts. The aim of the set of speakers was to explore what are the natural resource management challenges associated with managing and adapting for climate change.
Fall 2012 Seminar Schedule
Dennis Ojima & Jeff Morisette
Jeff Morisette, DOI North Central Climate Science Center
An Update on the Research Strategy for the DOI North Central Climate Science Center
Jill Baron, USGS Fort Collins Science Center
Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in Western Mountain Ecosystems
Linda Joyce, U.S. Forest Service
Reporting to Congress on the Vulnerability of Forests to Climate Change: The National Climate Assessment
Bob Gough, Inter-tribal Council on Utility Policy
Tribal Strategies for Resilience in the Face of Weather Extremes
Jonathan Mawdsley, H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
Adventures in Adaptive Management: Development of Wildlife Management Indicators for Western Landscapes
Leigh Welling, Climate Change Response Program, National Park Service
Navigating Terra Incognita: Resource Management in a Changing Climate
Steve Jackson, DOI Southwest Climate Science Center
Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation: Thirteen Lessons from the Past
Amy Symstad, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Climate Change Vulnerability and Implications for Natural Resource Management in the Black Hills
Dennis Ojima, CSU Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Emerging Challenges for Managing Social-ecological Systems under a Changing Climate: Bringing Resilience from Theory to Practice (and Back)
Max Post van der Burg, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Using decision analysis for making robust management decisions under extreme uncertainty and prioritizing (climate) information
Patrick Shafroth with Laura Perry, Lauren Hay and Steven Markstrom, USGS, Fort Collins Science Center
Projecting climate change effects on cottonwood and willow seed dispersal phenology, flood
timing, and seedling recruitment in western riparian forests
Thanksgiving Break - No Seminar
Demonstrating the Utility of a Participatory Approach to Understanding Social-ecological Vulnerability
and Adaptive Capacity for Responding to Climate Change