National Wildlife Federation Expert Appointed to New Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resources

NWF Director of Climate Change Adaptation gets nod from Secretary of the Interior

05-08-2013 // Aileo Weinmann
Bruce Stein

The National Wildlife Federation’s Director of Climate Change Adaptation, Dr. Bruce Stein, has been selected to serve as a member of the newly-established federal Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

“We urgently need to understand how climate change will impact wildlife and their habitats, so that we can take appropriate actions to enhance their chances for survival,” said Stein. “The Department of the Interior is working hard to improve the scientific basis for wildlife conservation in an era of global warming, and I am honored to have been invited to serve on this new Advisory Committee.”

“Responding to climate change and its effects on our natural and cultural resources is an important priority for the nation,” said Secretary Sally Jewell. “This committee embodies our commitment to working closely with our partners to strengthen our efforts to develop sound science that will help inform policymakers, land managers and the public in making important resource management decisions.”

The new committee will provide guidance on the Interior Department's climate change adaptation science initiatives, including the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the recently established Department of Interior Climate Science Centers.

As a member of the advisory committee, Dr. Stein will work toward advancing its goals to:

  • Advise on the contents of a national strategy identifying key science priorities to advance management of natural resources in the face of climate change.
  • Advise on the nature, extent, and quality of relations with and engagement of key partners at the regional Climate Science Center level.
  • Advise on the nature and effectiveness of mechanisms to ensure identification of key priorities from management partners and to effectively deliver scientific results in useful forms.
  • Advise on the mechanisms that may be employed by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center to ensure high standards of scientific quality and integrity in its products.
  • Review and evaluate the performance of individual Climate Science Centers before re-establishing expiring agreements.
  • Coordinate as appropriate with any Federal Advisory Committee established for the DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.

There are eight regional Climate Science Centers currently established that, together with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, constitute a major federal commitment to providing the science necessary to understand ecological impacts of climate change, and to developing climate-smart approaches to conservation and wildlife management.