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09/25/2009

Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Climate Adaptation Plan

This past Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) unveiled its draft plan to help wildlife adapt to climate change.  This plan marks the first bureau in the Department of the Interior to release a specific climate strategy.  The agency intends it to help guide the management of every level of the agency.  Specifically, it deals with the Service's response to wildlife migration patterns, rising sea levels, and spreading invasive species.  The plan specifically mandates that FWS employees incorporate climate change into all management decisions.  It accomplishes this without giving specific prescriptions, but rather creating a framework for addressing a myriad of problems.

This is the exact type of initiative that the Sierra Club has been hoping for in the Department of the Interior.  Every land management agency must develop a climate adaptation strategy and a plan for implementation.

The document is available for public comment until November 3rd.  Read it and comment here.

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