US wildlife agency lays out climate plans

SALMON, Idaho - The US government has released its proposal for addressing the effects of climate change on the nation’s fish and wildlife populations and the habitats they depend on.

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Published: Tue 28 Sep 2010, 8:49 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:45 AM

Under a plan crafted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the government will set up regional centers to direct and coordinate research on the inroads of climate change on animals and plants and develop models to predict worst-case scenarios.

“The growing impacts from climate change on wildlife, plants and watersheds call for a coordinated and strategic response,” Tom Strickland, assistant secretary of the US Department of Interior, which oversees the Fish and Wildlife Service, said in a statement on Monday.

“The service’s plan is both a call to arms and a clear road map for action. It is firmly rooted in sound science, an adaptive, landscape-scale conservation approach, and collaboration with partners,” Strickland said.

The service will study how to modify management of ecosystems, from river flows to prairie plants, in attempt to offset the adverse impacts of a changing climate.

The agency will also evaluate different ways of capturing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air.

The plan calls for the Fish and Wildlife Service to lead by example in reducing its carbon footprint, retrofitting its buildings to increase energy and water efficiency and revamping its vehicles to reduce the use of fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The agency will showcase its improvements in educational programs aimed at state wildlife agencies, Indian tribes, universities and the public. The plan cane be found on the Web at http:



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