Initiative 7 - Understanding Climate Change and Wildlife Effects

Text from the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan, 2008, Page 37

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Success in implementing Executive Order 13443 means expanding and enhancing wildlife conservation in a manner that integrates emerging scientific data and related climate change policy into the management of wildlife habitat and wildlife dependent recreation.

The United States’ Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) highlights recent advances and future directions for climate change research. These efforts need to be integrated into consideration of how climate change affects game species, populations, individuals, and habitats in the future. Opportunities exist to better utilize observed effects of climate change in habitat conservation and adaptive
management. It is also important to ensure that the effects of climate change on wildlife populations, habitat, and wildlife dependent recreation is taken into account when addressing the greater challenges inherent in undertaking model-based projections.

SCC White Paper Goals and Recommendations

  • The CCSP should include studies of the effects of climate change on at risk game species, populations, and habitats.
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  • The federal government’s climate change efforts should include state, university, and tribal partnerships in determining effects of climate change on at risk game species, populations, habitat, and in fulfilling the intent of Executive Order 13443.
  • CCSP agencies and the natural resource management community should use expanded research partnerships among natural resource agencies to assist in efforts underway to design, construct, and implement adaptation strategies for at risk game species, populations, and habitats using adaptive management principles.

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