WASHINGTON — With partners, five government agencies will conserve and restore lands and waters to make them more resilient to climate change, according to a press release.
The Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have enacted three collaborative, nationwide partnerships, noted the release. The projects include the California Headwaters, California’s North-Central Coast and Russian River Watershed, and Crown of the Continent.
The projects have been added as parts of the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative, stated the release. Federal agencies will work closely with state, tribal and local partners to build the natural resources to support the people that depend on them.
President Obama announced the first Resilient Landscape partnerships at the 2015 Earth Day event in the Everglades, reported the release. Partners will work over the next 18 months to develop strategies for the new sites.
"From the Redwoods to the Rockies to the Great Lakes and the Everglades, climate change threatens many of our treasured landscapes, which impacts our natural and cultural heritage, public health and economic activity," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell in the release. “The key to making these areas more resilient is collaboration through sound science and partnerships that take a landscape-level approach to preparing for and adapting to climate change.
The initiative is part of the administration’s Climate and Natural Resources Priority Agenda, stated the release, which is committed to support resilience of the country’s natural resources.
You can find the entire release here.