The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies celebrated the six winners of the 2020 Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards for Natural Resources during the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Virtual Annual Meeting. Among the awardees was the United South and Eastern Tribes – Office of Environmental Resource Management (USET-OERM) for their work in connecting Tribal natural-cultural resource departments, environmental  departments, and other Tribal programmatic staff with resources at the Northeast and Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Centers (NE/SE CASCs) and for hosting key networking and programmatic support events for Tribal Nations such as the Tribal Climate Resilience Summit, Climate Adaptation Plan Writing Retreats, USET Climate Change Adaptation Stories and Resources Web Page and the planned Tribal Climate Resilience Camp.  The Leadership in Climate Awards were established in 2016 to recognize outstanding leadership by individuals, organizations, businesses, and agencies to support the resilience of America’s vital natural resources and the many people, businesses, and communities that depend on them in the face of a changing climate. We are proud to recognize these leaders who are on the ground implementing adaptation strategies to safeguard our fish, wildlife, and plants now and for future generations. Please help us in congratulating these #AdaptationLeaders!

The award reception can be viewed here (at minute 18:25). Accepting the award on behalf of USET are Aranzazu Lascurain, Assistant University Director for the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC) and Casey Thornbrugh, Tribal Climate Science Liaison with the United South and Eastern Tribes.