NE CSC Federal Director, Mary Ratnaswamy, participated in a tour of the Upper Midwest Forest Service partners during the week of April 21st.
She met with a variety of Forest Service programs and offices to learn about opportunities for collaboration in climate and forestry. In Rhinelander, WI she met with USFS/Northern Research Station (Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies) scientists working on white nose syndrome in bats, and climate change effects on endangered species habitats (Kirtlands warbler). In Houghton, MI the Director met with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) to discuss their climate adaptation work, and the USFS/Northern Research Station presented information on the International Soils Carbon Network, Radiocarbon Collaborative and the Carbon, Water and Soils Lab. Dr. Ratnaswamy also met Dave Hollinger, the new USDA Northeast Climate Hub Director. They discussed how the NE CSC and USDA Hub might coordinate as the Hub develops, in order to facilitate complimentary roles of science capacity, and science delivery. The USDA Climate Hub stakeholders, primarily agriculture and production forestry, are complementary with the NE CSC’s primary natural resource stakeholders.
Figure: NIACS Climate Change Response Framework (http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/niacs/climate/framework/)