Shared solutions to protect shared values

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy effort represents a national, not federal, framework for cooperative climate response. Federal, state, and tribal representatives have been involved in all aspects of coordinating and developing the Strategy.

Management Team

The Steering Committee has been supported by a Management Team composed of staff from the Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and tribal partners. The Management Team has been responsible for supporting the Steering Committee in all aspects of Strategy development, including:

  • Preparing and presenting plans, proposals, issue assessments, and progress reports
  • Convening, overseeing, and supporting the Technical Teams
  • Synthesizing the work of the Technical Teams into draft and final Strategy documents
  • Overseeing design and implementation of the engagement strategy
  • Facilitating coordination and communication across the Steering Committee and with other groups and partners

Co-Chairs of the Management Team:

  • Mark Shaffer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Roger Griffis, National Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration
  • Davia Palmeri, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • Jim Zorn, Executive Administrator, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

Member agencies of JIWG:

  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Council on Environmental Quality
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    • Farm Service Agency
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service
    • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • National Marine Fisheries Service
    • National Ocean Service
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • Bureau of Reclamation
    • National Park Service
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    • U.S. Geological Survey
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    • Office of Water
  • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Technical Teams

The Steering Committee has also been supported by Technical Teams of scientist and managers who were primarily responsible for drafting the Strategy. The Technical Teams are composed of more than 50 experts from across the country, representing a diverse group of federal, state, and tribal agencies and organizations.

The five Technical Teams each focused on an ecosystem-based section of the Strategy: freshwater systems, coastal systems, marine systems, forested systems, and grassland and shrubland systems. These teams of experts worked to ensure that the Strategy was developed with a thorough understanding of the ecological implications of climate change on our nation’s major natural systems.

Teams were expected to collaborate and use the best available scientific information in reviewing predicted impacts and threats of climate change on the focal system and associated species and ecological processes, developing a set of approaches for addressing these concerns, and ensuring coordination with new and ongoing climate adaptation activities and planning efforts.

Technical Team members included representatives from diverse organizations, including

  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission
  • Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Farm Service Agency
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Miccosukee Tribe
  • National Park Service
  • Nevada Department of Wildlife
  • New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration
  • Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
  • Oregon Department of State Lands
  • Passamaquoddy Tribe
  • Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Tulalip Tribe
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
  • White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Yakama Nation