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.
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) is responsible for implementing all aspects of Secretarial Order No. 3289 in the Northwest. Addressing "the impacts of climate change on American Indians and Alaska Natives, for whom the Department holds trust responsibilities on behalf of the federal government” is one of the prominent features of the order. Tribal communities are especially vulnerable to climate change because they are place-based and depend on natural resources, such as salmon, shellfish, game, timber, and rangelands, to sustain their economies and traditional way of life. The NW CSC is committed to working with tribal governments of all 52 federally recognized tribes that have reservations or natural and cultural resource interests within the NW CSC geographic area (see map below) to jointly address the effects of a changing climate.
The NW CSC interest in fostering lasting partnerships with NW tribes extends to all aspects of its Strategic Plan, including science planning and implementation, the allocation of funding for climate projects, and the creation of training and education opportunities. A blueprint for this collaboration is described in the NW CSC Tribal Engagement Strategy (PDF, 850 KB) adopted in August 2013.
Northwest tribal interests are currently represented by three tribal organizations (Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, and Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians) that serve on the NW CSC Executive Stakeholder Advisory Committee (ESAC). The ESAC guides the identification of science priorities of the NW CSC. The NW CSC has also extended an invitation to each of the 52 tribes to participate in the NW CSC science planning process.
The NW CSC looks for opportunities to fund tribal climate science research projects, including projects that incorporate traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), western science, or both. In Fiscal Year 2012, the NW CSC and North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) co-funded research projects (PDF, 452 KB) that focus on how TEK can help inform resource management decisions in the face of climate change. Our hope is to continue to expand this productive engagement as we move into the future.
Federally Recognized Native American Tribes within the Geographic Area of the Northwest Climate Science Center
Source: Reservation boundaries from the 1997-2014 Edition of the National Atlas of the United States
Approximate Location of Tribal Office
Outline of the Approximate Geographic Area of the Northwest Climate Science Center