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Sac State a partner in new climate change collaboration

06-01-2011


A budding partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey puts Sacramento State at the forefront of a collaborative effort to confront climate change.

This partnership was celebrated at an open house hosted by the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative on Friday, June 3, at its new offices in Modoc Hall.

Founded in 2010, the CA LCC is a management-science partnership informing and promoting integrated science, natural resource management and conservation to address the impacts of climate change and other stressors within and across ecosystems, according to its website. As part of this arrangement, the University and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have signed a five-year agreement to partner on informing and promoting integrated science, natural resource management and conservation. The hope is that Sac State faculty and students may have opportunities in research, monitoring of inventory and data management, says Debra Schlafmann, CA LCC coordinator.

Schlafmann says the CA LCC’s purpose is to provide up-to-date and applicable science information to land and resource managers so they can make decisions based on what CA LCC is predicting in terms of the future of climate change. Basically, CA LCC is tasked with bringing partners such as universities and scientists face to face with resource managers and getting them to start speaking the same language.

“We’re trying to bridge the information that’s known at a local scale and share it across a landscape because we know that there are going to be changes to the environment at a landscape scale,” Schlafmann says.

Speakers at the open house included Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez; Steve Schwarzbach, director of the USGS’s Western Ecological Research Center; and Ren Lohoefener, Pacific Southwest Region director of Fish and Wildlife.

For more about the CA LCC, visit www.californialcc.org. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Office of Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156.