"The Northeast Climate Science Center will bring a critical new perspective to natural resource managers as they focus on the task at hand-- managing fish and wildlife resources in a changing climate," said Glen Salmon, coordinator for the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC. Salmon and other LCC partners participated in the recent NE CSC workshop to collaborate on landscape level priorities with NE CSC stakeholders and partners. "The concept that everything will remain constant in nature just doesn't hold up anymore. We need to be better informed to help landowners and natural resources managers make the best decisions possible. The better informed we are as a conservation community, the better chance we have to conserve and protect our natural resources now and in the future."
Glen Salmon, Coordinator, Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC
"I'm excited and very encouraged that the NE CSC is engaging both the scientific and the practitioner community in the critical dialogue needed to inform what climate research is needed and most useful to on-the-ground management of natural resources. We need to recognize that natural areas and green spaces occur along a gradient of development and urbanization- from large tracts of national and state forests to fragmented oases of nature and biodiversity surrounded by cities, people and industrialization. It's vital we assess the needs of all these systems, and provide information that can help to inform science-based adaptation strategies needed to increase the resiliency of natural areas throughout the nation in the face of climate change. I am honored to be a part of this collaborative work and believe Chicago Wilderness will benefit greatly from this partnership."
Abigail Derby, Chicago Wilderness
"I had the honor to attend the USGS Northeast Climate Science Center's Stakeholder Workshop in Amherst, MA the week of January 7th. Of the many take home messages for me, what stood out was the strong commitment among all to work together to advance our climate science efforts. There were an amazing number of stakeholders from federal, state, local, and non-profit organizations, all talking with each other, all informing each other, and all building relationships. I believe the NECSC has already proven its value with this effort and look forward to continuing with our interactions. I know the Forest Service's Northern Research Station's climate science efforts will be more effective through our partnership with the NECSC."
Thomas L. Schmidt, Assistant Director, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
"I'm very encouraged at the eagerness of the NE CSC team to really engage with the wider community, and their commitment that success will only happen if their stakeholders find the products useful. The recent stakeholder meeting in Minneapolis was a great opportunity to meet the key NE CSC players and build connections with people and organizations with mutual interest in climate change response or adaptation. I look forward to the collaboration."
Bob Krumenaker, Superintendent, NPS Apostle Islands National Lakeshore