USET and USDA APHIS Southeast Tribal Emergency Management Planning Workshop
March 21-23, Clewiston, FL. The USET Climate Change Program and the USDA APHIS have partnered up to offer a regionally focused workshop that will introduce federally recognized Tribal Nations to USDA APHIS programs and opportunities. The workshop will focus on presentations and regional Tribal case study examples related to Emergency Response Planning Documents (ERPs). APHIS subject matter experts will also utilize interactive learning sessions to discuss regionally prioritized issues and concerns of animal and plant health.
Virtual Workshop: Introduction to Using Climate Modeling for Forest Management
March 28-29. This virtual workshop is a collaboration between the US Forest Service-Southern Region, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, and the USET Climate Change Program. The workshop is open to natural and cultural resource managers, especially in Tribal Nations in the Southeast, who want a primer on climate modeling and using data tools for management. Registration is now open and spots are limited.
Events in Indian Country
Registration Now Open: 2023 Online NIACS Adaptation Planning and Practices Training
March 20 – May 10, virtual. NIACS and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub are hosting the online Adaptation Planning and Practices training for forest and natural resource managers, land owners, and stewards!
This opportunity provides hands-on training to consider climate change impacts and identify adaptation actions for a range of natural ecosystems, resource areas, and cultural perspectives. Participants will develop project-specific climate adaptation plans using the online Adaptation Workbook.
During this eight-week online training our team will give participants coaching and feedback through weekly web-based lectures and facilitated group discussion based on project topic areas. Information will focus on the Midwest and Northeast U.S., but applicants from other regions may be accepted if space allows.
Wildfire Crisis Implementation Plan, Tribal Workforce Capacity Dialogue Series
March 23 and April 6, 12:00 - 1:30 pm Central/1:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern. On April 26, 2022, the USDA Forest Service (FS) and Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) hosted an intertribal roundtable to discuss the Forest Service Confronting the Wildfire Crisis Strategy and associated Implementation Plan. Key themes and recommendations from this roundtable and associated discussions focused heavily on short-term and long-term workforce capacity considerations for Tribes, Federal agencies, and partners surrounding wildfire risk reduction. To support ongoing efforts to address the recommendations shared at the April 2022 roundtable, ITC and FS are co-hosting a series of virtual dialogue sessions on the various facets of workforce capacity development. The objectives of these sessions are to:
- Respond to recommendations outlined in the 2022 WRITT Intertribal Roundtable.
- Identify opportunities to address long-standing workforce issues through new funding opportunities under recent federal legislation.
- Create a forum and networking opportunities to foster interagency coordination with Tribes.
- Identify barriers and determine solutions to address both Tribal workforce and Federal agency workforce capacity constraints.
- Create opportunities for greater workforce recruitment and retention and increasing workforce diversity (e.g., youth, underrepresented populations, etc.)
These sessions are intended for Tribal wildfire response, risk reduction, and forestry staff, Federal agency staff, and other state, private, industry and non-profit partners.
Each session will focus on a different topic and dynamic of Workforce Capacity development. Participants can join one or all sessions. No session will be repeated, but topics and themes may continue through all four sessions.
Participants are encouraged to register for each event. Please reach out to the project facilitator if you have any questions.
- Session 1: February 23 - Funding Opportunities for Workforce Development
- Session 2: March 9 - Workforce Assessments and Regional Considerations
- Session 3: March 23 - Recruitment and Retention
- Session 4: April 6 - Policy and implementation
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NE CASC Spring Webinars
Join a variety of NE CASC principal investigators and affiliates for the following spring webinars occurring periodically throughout the spring season on Wednesdays at 4:00 PM ET.
- Wednesday, March 29, 4:00 pm Eastern. Gulf of Maine Flood Hazard: From Theoretical to Community-Collaborative Research. Hannah Baranes, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
- Wednesday, April 19, 4:00 pm Eastern. Localizing Forest Adaptation Strategies to Diverse Northeastern Forest Ecosystems and Threats. Anthony D’Amato, University of Vermont.
- Wednesday May 10, 4:00 pm Eastern. The Status of Tribes and Climate Change Report and the NE CASC Region. Nikki Cooley, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals.
3rd Annual Indigenous Knowledge Symposium
March 31, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central/1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern, Online/Virtual. Utah State University’s 3rd Annual Indigenous Knowledge Symposium will take place on March 31, 2023. The theme is Land, Water, and Life: The Critical Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Science. Presenters include Dr. Andrea Reid (Nisga’a), Dr. Karletta Chief (Diné), and Dr. Melinda Adams (San Carlos Apache). The virtual symposium is open to the public and will take place on Zoom.
AISES Regional Conferences
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national non-profit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of Indigenous Peoples in North America and the Pacific Islands in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers. With 230 affiliated pre-college schools, 196 chartered college and university chapters, three Tribal chapters, and 18 professional chapters in the U.S. and Canada. AISES promotes the highest standards of education and professional excellence to widen the STEM workforce and grow sector support. Every spring the seven regions of the AISES footprint gather student and professional members to champion each other and expand their knowledge and skills at regional conferences. This year's conferences are being announced.
- Region 7 Regional Conference—March 31 – April 1, Lumberton, NC. Register.
North Central Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Network – Spring 2023 Webinar Series
April 7 – June 2. The North Central Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Network is hosting a webinar series that will explore a variety of monitoring tools for Invasive species management and response. Each presenter seeks community input to inform the development of new tools. Advance registration is required to attend the webinars.
- April 7, 10-11 am MT
Catherine Jarnevich (USGS), INHABIT
Tool overview: An existing, web-based tool that uses species distribution modeling to provide spatial and statistical summaries and visualizations of habitat suitability for numerous invasive plant species across the continental US. This tool is freely accessible and provides managers with information to inform prevention and management strategies for invasive plants.
- May 5, 10-11 am MT
Annette Evans (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and Chuck Bargeron (University of Georgia), EDDMapS
Tool overview: An existing, web-based tool that aggregates observation data to provide a database of invasive species and pest population information for the US and Canada. EDDMapS also includes a range shift listing tool that provides information for selected species under future climate conditions which can aid invasive species prevention and early detection.
- June 2, 10-11 am MT
Amy Wray (USGS), NEDRRIS
Tool overview: The final webinar will introduce a new system that is in development - an online portal that will house existing tools and datasets to aid invasive species management - from species distribution models to occurrence data and more. This centralized hub will facilitate early detection and rapid response to biological threats across the US.
Tribal Alliance for Pollinators Climate Resilience Workshop
April 12-13, The Euchee Butterfly Farm, Oklahoma. This workshop will focus on how a changing climate is impacting not only human societies and economics, but ecosystems as well. Topics will include:
- Building a Fire: Fostering Relationships through Resiliency
- What Must We Do to Understand, Keep Up with and Stay Ahead of the Changes Occurring Due to Climate Change
- Understanding the Effects of Land Use and Management Practices on Pollinators
- Seed Banking 101: Learn About Three Different Successful Programs, Plus How to Get Started Creating One of Your Own
- Learn How Native Bees Live Their Lives and Why They Need Your Help
- Prescribed Fire: Impacts of Intermittent and Controlled Burning on Pollinators, Plants, and Fire-Adapted Ecosystems
- Understanding Why Indigenous Language Revitalization is an Important Part of Building Climate Resilience
- Extreme Climatic Events: Biological Impacts and Possible Mitigation
- Resilience Resources: Learn What Funding Sources and Technical Assistance Are Available to Help You and Your Tribe
For more information, contact Jane Breckinridge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Association of Wetland Managers - Tribal Wetland Webinars
The National Association of Wetland Managers (NAWM) continues to host webinars focusing on Tribal Wetland Programs. The webinars are held on Thursdays and upcoming dates and topics are as follows:
- April 20 - Monitoring and Assessment Data Collection and Applications for Tribal Wetland Programs
- June 15 - Geospatial Mapping Tools and Techniques for Tribal Wetland Programs
- September 21 - Education and Outreach Efforts to Support Tribal Wetland Programs
- November 2 - Approaches to Sustainable Funding for Tribal Wetland Programs
Topics include wetland planning, EPA grant funding, and EPA’s new Tribal Wetland Program Guide. Learn more about NAWM and explore future webinars and view recordings of past events.
National Tribal Forum on Air Quality
May 1-4, Phoenix, AZ and Online. Join the National conversation on how Tribal Nations are implementing the Clean Air Act in partnership with the U.S. EPA to improve air quality in our communities.
2023 Native Youth Climate Adaptation Leadership Congress
June 25-30, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The 2023 Native Youth Climate Adaptation Leadership Congress (NYCALC) seeks to build student confidence in their cultural identity as they learn about Indigenous traditions and climate concerns across the United States and territories. Students will develop conservation leadership skills and build on their knowledge and abilities to address climate challenges in their communities in this week-long Congress. Applications will be accepted through February 28 for groups of 3 to 5 Indigenous rising high school seniors, accompanied by a mentor, from federally recognized Tribal Nations in the United States and territories. For more information, contact the New Mexico Wildlife Federation or call 505-299-5404.