Events, Webinars, and Trainings

USET Events

Tribal Climate Resilience Camp

July 10-15, virtual and in-person at Winter Harbor, ME. The USET Tribal Climate Resilience Camp will support teams of Tribal Leaders, climate change coordinators, planners, and program managers to build skills, gather information, and develop Tribal policies and plans needed for Tribal Nations to address climate change impacts.

Forest and Wetland Webinar Training Series

Every Monday from August 15 to September 19 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central/2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern. This webinar series will cover the climate change impacts to USET region forest and wetland ecosystems.

 

Events in Indian Country

Forest Climate Change Initiative and Forest Stewards Guild: Maine Forest Climate Change Webinar Series

This series will address climate change impacts on the different forest types found in Maine through a combination of 1-hour webinars paired with half day field tours. The webinars will provide an overview of the topics and issues faced at each site: including those related to the intersection of climate adaptation and site-specific biodiversity. Webinars will include time for Q&A and to showcase field tour specifics. The field tours will examine climate impacts and management at each site, lunch is included with registration (fee for each tour: $20). Webinar registration is free.
Webinars will run Noon-1pm; Field Tours 9:30am-1:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am) followed by lunch + informal discussions as conditions allow.
CFE credits available for both the webinars (1 Cat 1) and field tours (3 Cat 1).

  • Session 5: To Be Announced [tentative June 2022]

 

Mobilizing for Project Proposals: Tribal Forest Protection Act and 638 Mini-Workshop Series

June 7, June 8, June 9, and June 15, 11 am-12:30pm CT/12 pm-1:30pm ET. The 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act allocated an unprecedented $8 million of funding to Forest Service (FS) for Tribal Forest Protection Act (TFPA) fuels reduction work between 2022 and 2026. As well up to $160M to be available to Tribes and states for ecosystem restoration projects through Good Neighbor and TFPA projects through the Secretary of Agriculture. Tribes and their FS partners ready to mobilize on projects under this funding will be better equipped to access these opportunities.

As a result, the Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) and the Forest Service (FS) are co-hosting a series of mini-workshops designed to support Tribes and FS partners in preparing TFPA and USDA FS 638 projects for these funding opportunities. Each of these sessions will focus on varying steps associated with developing collaborative projects between FS and Tribes, using TFPA as a model. Participants can come to one or all of the sessions. Each session will be supported by Tribal and FS staff with experience developing and working on TFPA and 638 projects.

These sessions are intended for Tribal and Forest partnerships with approved project proposals, seeking to enter into 638 agreements for TFPA projects, or already working on TFPA project proposals. These sessions will offer an opportunity to talk through your projects, address lingering questions and connect with additional resources to get your projects ready to implement under the upcoming funding. If you are new to TFPA or do not have a Tribal or FS partner, we have an introductory session to help answer your questions.

 

Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit

July 13-14, 2022. Guided by the theme “Getting to the heart of climate vulnerability,” the Summit will focus on arming Tribal-serving professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to understand and address the unique climate and health vulnerabilities of the Tribal Nations they serve, while also offering space for participants to attend to their own hearts through personal reflection and peer connection. The interactive training format will feature expert speakers, facilitated discussions, and hands-on learning activities to help deepen understanding of the effects of climate change on Tribal health and wellbeing. The summit will help practitioners ready their hearts and minds to develop well-informed vulnerability assessments that best reflect their community’s concerns, culture, and aspirations and lead to the most meaningful adaptation decisions. We are still seeking speakers for certain sessions. If you are with an organization providing relevant research or Tribal support in this area, please contact Angie Hacker (ahacker@prospersustainably.com).

 

National Tribal & Indigenous Climate Conference

August 29- September 1. ITEP is also hosting another National Tribal & Indigenous Climate Conference II, this time in person! Please save the date for the second NTICC, taking place on the Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

10th Annual Rising Voices Workshop

September 14 - 16, 2022. The Rising Voices Center for Indigenous and Earth Sciences facilitates opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous scientific experts and community leaders from around the world to jointly address how extreme weather and climate events are impacting communities and to develop action plans. This year’s workshop theme, Emergent Knowledge through Indigenous and Earth Science Collaborations, will serve as a bridge to reflect on where Rising Voices has been in its first decade, and what now emerges into the next decade. Given the continued pandemic uncertainties in planning a large, in-person event, the workshop will again be held virtually this year. Registration information to come.

 

11th U.S. Symposium on Harmful Algae

October 23-28, Albany, NY. The theme for the upcoming symposium is "Science to Support Solutions from Shore to Shore.” From freshwater to marine systems, the prevalence of harmful algal blooms (HABs) is a national environmental challenge, and solutions are needed. Attendees will include national representatives and researchers from academia, state, Federal, Tribal, and municipal governments, the private sector, and watershed organizations.

 

National Adaptation Forum

October 25-27, Baltimore, Maryland. After a three-year hiatus, everyone is eager to connect in-person, share important work since the last Forum, and develop plans to address the challenges that remain. In close proximity to Washington D.C., Baltimore provides an unparalleled opportunity to foster timely engagement with federal partners who are ramping up their adaptation action! Situated on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay, it also is a reminder of the many coastal communities and ecosystems working hard to adapt. The need to share and discuss adaptation from the local to national level has never been more important.