Shared solutions to protect shared values

The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources recognizes exemplary efforts by federal, state, tribal, local, and non-governmental entities to help safeguard America’s living natural resources from climate change.

Purpose

The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award honors excellence by outstanding organizations and individuals to reduce climate-related threats and advance the resilience of fish, wildlife, and plants in a changing climate by helping to address the goals of the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy.

2016 Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards

The first-ever recipients of Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards were chosen from 47 diverse and inspiring nominations. While all nominations highlighted exemplary, innovative, and exciting projects, seven recipients and seven honorable mentions were ultimately selected for special recognition.

FEDERAL AGENCY RECIPIENT
Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, U.S. Forest Service
- Houghton, Michigan
For incorporating climate vulnerability into over 185 forest management projects across the Midwest, Central Appalachians, and the Northeast.

FEDERAL INDIVIDUAL RECIPIENT
Dan Isaak, U.S. Forest Service
- Boise, Idaho
For prioritizing climate-informed conservation of aquatic species and habitats in the Western U.S. by mapping cold-water refuges that can support species at risk.

STATE/LOCAL AGENCY RECIPIENT
Environmental Affairs Division, Seattle City Light
- City of Seattle, Washington
For adapting the management of hydropower resources to help ensure that the recovery and protection of listed endangered species can be achieved in the face of climate change.

STATE/LOCAL INDIVIDUAL RECIPIENT
John R. "Jack" Sullivan, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Madison, Wisconsin
For championing adaptation actions such as watershed-level models of cold-water stream fishery potential and helping to establish the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, the state’s leading climate adaptation organization.

TRIBAL RECIPIENT
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
- La Conner, Washington
For addressing climate risks by conducting vulnerability assessments, developing adaptation plans, and implementing on-the-ground adaptation for natural and cultural resources in the Pacific Northwest.

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RECIPIENT
National Wildlife Federation
- Washington, DC
For providing national leadership in advancing and promoting climate-smart conservation across the conservation community, particularly in the development of widely-used adaptation guidance for conservation practitioners.

BROAD PARTNERSHIP RECIPIENT
Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent

The State of Montana; British Columbia and Alberta, Canada
For catalyzing a landscape-scale, collaborative approach to the conservation of natural resources and adaptation actions across 18 million acres in Montana, Alberta, and British Columbia.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Federal Agency:
U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center & U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers - Reston, VA

Federal Individual:
David L. Peterson, U.S. Forest Service - Seattle, WA

State/Local Agency:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Natural Heritage Program in collaboration with the Department of the Interior’s North Central Climate Science Center - Fort Collins, CO

State/Local Individual:
Robert Glazer, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute - Marathon, Florida

Tribal:
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians - Odanah, Wisconsin

Non-Governmental Organization:
NatureServe - Arlington, Virginia

Broad Partnership:
Planning team for the project "Climate-Smart Adaptation for the North-central California Coast and Ocean" - San Francisco, California

Sponsorship

The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award is sponsored by the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy’s Joint Implementation Working Group in partnership with the Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).