NE CSC Federal Deputy Director Olivia LeDee worked with Kenny Blumenfeld (State Climatology Office, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) and Amanda Kueper (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) to plan and lead two climate trainings designed for MN DNR in St. Paul and Duluth, MN.
The purpose of the training was to increase climate literacy of professionals and support the integration of the best available climate science in programs, plans, and operations. The training included presentations on: climate trends; effects on natural resources, recreation, and infrastructure; management options; case studies on Whitewater State Park and Eastern Larch Beetle/Tamarack. Participants then worked in small teams to integrate new information and their professional expertise to address a climate management challenge. One-hundred professionals from the Divisions of Fish and Wildlife, Forestry, Parks and Trails, Ecological and Water Resources, Operations Services, and Lands and Minerals participated in the training. We look forward to supporting their great work to manage and conserve key resources now and into the future.