Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change Web Conference Series

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A partnership between the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Wildlife Federation have developed a series of web conferences to increase communication and transfer of technical information between conservation professionals regarding the increasing challenges from climate change. This program is being facilitated by the USFWS's National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) Applied
Landscape Conservation Team.


Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

The Conservation Community’s Response to Hurricane Sandy: Helping Communities and Habitats Achieve Resiliency

Captioning: Closed Captioning will be provided in your registration confirmation email.
Archive: If you are unable to attend this webinar, it will be recorded and posted to the Safeguarding Wildlife Webinar Series Archive approximately 1-2 weeks after the presentation.
Presenter: Mandy Chesnutt, Sr. Manager of Conservation Programs for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundations, Washington, DC and
Richard O. Bennett, PhD., Regional Scientist for U. S. Fish & Wildlife Services's NE Region, Hadley Massachusetts
Description: Hurricane Sandy was the most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history. In response to Sandy, the conservation community has worked together to help communities and habitats achieve greater resiliency during storm events. Our two speakers will discuss their organizations’ efforts in increasing coastal communities and coastal ecosystems resiliency to devastating storms, such as Hurricane Sandy. Each will provide and discuss various projects designed to increase resiliency and decrease the adverse effects of major storm event. freshwater musel

Mandy Chesnutt of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will highlight the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. In 2014, this program provided over $102.75 million in support to 54 projects that: 1) Reduce the various impacts of threats on coastal and inland communities; 2) Strengthen the ecological integrity and functionality of coastal/inland ecosystems; and 3) Enhance our understanding of the impacts of storm events and identify tools that help mitigate future storms. Ms. Chesnutt will highlight specific projects and discuss how these science-based projects increase the understanding of and help leaders make better planning decisions. Dr. Richard Bennett of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will
discuss and highlight various projects funded by the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2013, through which the Service received $102M for 31 projects. These projects were designed to mitigate storm damages and improve the resiliency and capacity of coastal habitat and infrastructure, address vulnerability to climate change impacts, create greater resilience to future extreme weather events, and support climate-resilient wildlife habitat and ecosystem functions.

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