Southwest Tribal Climate Change Project

Overview
In August 2010, the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (www4.nau.edu/itep/index.asp) and the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station (www.fs.fed.us/rmrs/) began a collaborative project focused on tribal climate change issues in the Southwest. The goals of the project are to identify existing tribal climate change efforts being undertaken in Arizona and New Mexico, assess tribal research and information needs regarding climate change issues, develop strategies for meeting these needs, and offer a climate change workshop for tribal environmental and natural resource managers that will build knowledge about climate change issues and foster dialogue about the needs and opportunities for tribes in Arizona and New Mexico to engage in climate change planning and action. Additional project activities will be identified as the project progresses.

Project collaborators are also coordinating with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and the Northern Research Station as part of the agency's 2010 Coordinated Approach to Tribal Climate Change Research project.

Project Activities:

Southwest Tribal Climate Change Network

The Southwest Tribal Climate Change Network, established in 2011, provides ongoing engagement among those interested in tribal climate change issues in Arizona and New Mexico. The Network provides regular input into the project's activities (such as the Southwest Tribal Climate Change Workshop) and also shares resources and information that may facilitate tribal climate change efforts.

The Network is open to Arizona and New Mexico tribes and tribal organizations, agencies, and other interested individuals, and it meets by quarterly conference calls. To participate in the Network, please email: Susan.Wotkyns@nau.edu.

Archived Meeting Notes:
All files are in pdf format



Southwest Tribal Climate Change Workshop
September 13-14, 2011
Flagstaff, AZ


The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), with support from the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, hosted a 1 day Climate Change workshop for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals in Arizona and New Mexico.
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Publications
Tribal Climate Change Efforts in Arizona and New Mexico
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) staff researched climate change efforts being undertaken by tribes, tribal organizations, and academic institutions in the USDA Forest Service Southwestern region comprised of Arizona and New Mexico, and prepared this report for the USDA Forest Service. Identifying existing climate change efforts serves as a beginning point to engage in an ongoing dialogue related to research, extension, and policy needs for sustainable resource management by tribes. December 2010.
    Tribal Climate Change Efforts in Arizona and New Mexico

Southwest Tribal Climate Change Workshop Report
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, hosted a workshop at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona, on September 13-14, 2011, to bring together tribes in Arizona and New Mexico to discuss tribal climate change issues and concerns, strategies to address climate change impacts, and tribal resource and research needs. The report provides an overview of the workshop, including the small group discussions about climate change impacts, adaptation strategies, and resource and research needs. December 2011.
    Southwest Tribal Climate Change Workshop Report

Outreach Materials
Fact Sheets (files are in pdf):
    Climate Change and Drought

    Climate Change and Invasive Species

    Climate Change and Wildfire

    Forestry

    Fisheries

    Water

Collaborators:

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University (www4.nau.edu/itep/index.asp) has been offering climate change trainings to tribal environmental staff since 2008, developed the Tribes & Climate Change website (www4.nau.edu/tribalclimatechange/index.asp) as a resource for tribes, and produces the monthly electronic Tribal Climate Change Newsletter. ITEP continues to develop its Climate Change Program to provide additional training, resources and assistance to tribes on climate change issues.

The USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station (www.fs.fed.us/rmrs/) is providing the primary funding for this project. Climate change is one of the key challenges for forest management identified by the Chief of the Forest Service, and in response, Forest Service Research has developed a ten-year Global Change Research Strategy. The strategy balances research across a range of management, science, and technology transfer actions aimed at developing adaptation and mitigation approaches to sustain healthy trees and ecosystems.

Contacts:
Sue Wotkyns
Climate Change Program Manager
Instittue for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Northern Arizona University
Tel: 928/523-1488
Email: Susan.Wotkyns@nau.edu

Mehrdad Khatibi
Director
Instittue for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Northern Arizona University
Tel: 928/523-0946
Email: Mehrdad.Khatibi@nau.edu
David Flores, Ph.D.
Research Social Scientist
USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
Tel: 505/724-3677
Email: davidflores@fs.fed.us


Last updated: March 3, 2014

 

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