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Workshop at Sac State on Obama climate plan


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Sacramento State will host the first national public information workshop on the Obama administration’s draft national plan for responding to the impact of climate change on fish, wildlife and plants.

The workshop will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Modoc Hall, 3020 State University Drive East, Sacramento. A tribal consultation session is scheduled for the same time and location on Monday, Jan. 30. This is one of five workshops to be held in U.S. cities during the January and February public comment period.

Congress called for a national, government-wide strategy in 2010 and directed the President’s Council on Environmental Quality and the Department of the Interior to develop it. The Obama administration, in partnership with state, tribal and federal agency partners, released the “National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy” on Jan.19.

The strategy will guide the nation’s efforts during the next five years to respond to current and future climate change impacts such as changing species distribution and migration patterns, the spread of wildlife diseases and invasive species, the inundation of coastal habitats with rising sea levels, and changes in freshwater availability with shifting precipitation and habitat types.

The strategy does not prescribe mandatory activities that agencies must undertake nor suggest regulatory actions; rather, it provides a roadmap for decision makers and resource managers to use when considering climate change implications to their ongoing wildlife and habitat management activities.

To register for the meeting or for more information on the public comment process:

Public comments can also be mailed to the Office of the Science Advisor, National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive Suite 222, Arlington VA 22203.

For media assistance, call the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative at (916) 278-9447.

– Craig Koscho