03 June 2013 Noah Matson joins Interior Climate Change Advisory Committee Posted by: Haley McKey | 2 comments | Share: Haley McKey Last month we got some exciting news here at Defenders: our very own climate expert, Noah Matson, was selected to be a member of the Department of the Interior’s new Climate Change Advisory Committee! This is an important step for the department. Defenders has advocated for years that Interior agencies change their science and policy strategies to include climate change adaptation and assisted in their efforts to do so. In a press release, recently appointed Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell emphasized that “responding to climate change and its effects on our natural and cultural resources is an important priority for the nation.” It is indeed, and the formation of this committee is an encouraging sign that the federal government is taking climate change seriously. Some migratory birds’ ranges are changing due to global warming. So what will Noah be doing as a committee member? “Members are tasked with identifying the key components of a strong, effective climate adaptation science strategy, and how to integrate those components into climate adaptation programs already in effect,” Noah says. Specifically, the committee will advise the Secretary of the Interior on the operations of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center at the US Geological Survey’s headquarters, as well as eight new regional Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers. “The question we’re trying to answer is: ‘how do we improve the way we manage our resources in the face of climate change’?” There’s no doubt that our nation’s wildlife are responding to climate change: some migratory bird ranges are in flux, flowers are blooming earlier and ocean fish are retreating to deeper, cooler waters. We simply cannot effectively conserve species without taking such changes into account. In addition to science priorities, the committee will also advise the department on relations with key partners, such as state wildlife agencies, private landowners, tribes and others. Working efficiently with partners is integral to Interior’s ability to coordinate with other climate adaptation initiatives, such as state-run wetland restoration or drought management programs. Noah will be joined on the committee by members from a diverse number of organizations and institutions, including tribal, state and local governments, non-government organizations and the private sector. This is a vital time for climate change policy and strategy. The climate science center and the committee add a new dimension to our ability to protect our natural resources, help wildlife adapt to climate change and safeguard vulnerable communities. The committee’s first meeting is expected to take place this fall. Stay tuned as we follow Noah in his new and important role helping the Department of the Interior respond to climate change. 2 Responses to “Noah Matson joins Interior Climate Change Advisory Committee” Meredith February 27th, 2014 thank you for the perseverance in the face of indifference. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in It’s Time to Act for Right Whales Years after they agreed to expand critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales, we’re still waiting on NMFS to follow through. So we took to the courts to get this much-needed protection in place. How Should We Honor Earth Day? America has many worldwide firsts in conservation: we were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. But today, we are experiencing another period of crisis in America’s commitment to conservation. When did conservation become a polarizing political issue, when it has been, for the past century, a defining characteristic of American values and the American spirit? Ecological Insults and Injuries Revealed Four Years after Deepwater Horizon Four years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we’re beginning to see the full scope of how this ecological disaster is impacting our wildlife on land, air and sea.