National Wildlife Federation Partnership Wins Prestigious Department of Interior Award

Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

09-22-2011 // M├ękell Mikell, Ph.D.
Scanning the Horizon

A National Wildlife Federation partnership was honored with the Department of Interior’s Partners in Conservation Award for its guidebook, Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (pdf). The award is the highest distinction granted by the Secretary of Interior and recognizes innovative collaborations on natural resource goals. The U.S. Geological Survey, one of the partners for the guide, nominated the collaborative effort for the award. 

"Scanning the Conservation Horizon is a remarkable example of how dedicated conservationists, scientists, and resource managers from federal, state and non-governmental organizations can work together to create a unified approach to understanding the effects of climate change,” said Suzette Kimball, deputy director of the U.S. Geological Survey.  “This collaborative work will have far-reaching applications and positive impacts for environmental conservation. The National Wildlife Federation has been key to the success of this effort and we appreciate its leadership." 

Rapid climate change is the defining conservation issue of our generation,” said, Bruce Stein, director of climate change adaptation for the National Wildlife Federation. “This guidebook seeks to provide natural resource managers with tools that allow them to set priorities for conservation action in a warming world.”

“Creating this vulnerability assessment guide brought together key state and federal players with other experts working to protect habitats and ecosystems,” said Patty Glick, senior global warming specialist for the National Wildlife Federation. “Climate change affects us all. By working together, we can find new ways to tackle this difficult issue.”

Scanning the Conservation Horizon also led to the creation of a new vulnerability assessment training course offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center.

"Our new Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments Course is intended to bring diverse conservation partners together around a common framework for addressing climate impacts,” said Jay Slack, director of the National Conservation Training Center.  

The partnership honored by the award  included staff from  the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Nature Conservancy, Manomet Center for Conservation Science, Texas Tech University, EcoAdapt, University of Washington, Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and NatureServe. Additional support for Scanning the Conservation Horizon was provided by the Department of Defense Resource Legacy Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Patty Glick, Bruce Stein, and Naomi Edelson of the National Wildlife Federation served as editors for the peer reviewed publication.

Scanning the Conservation Horizon is available online at: www.nwf.org/vulnerabilityguide (pdf).

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