08
FEB
2016

2016 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference Announced

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by Sarah Wiener The 2016 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference will be held September 12-14 in Charlotte, NC, and presentation and session submission forms are now available. The 2016 conference will build on the success of the inaugural 2014 event. Practitioners, researchers, and staff from local, state, and federal agencies are invited to share information and learn more about climate-related activities, experiences, tools and resources in the Carolinas. Conference sessio...
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02
FEB
2016

Forest Service Releases Drought Science Synthesis

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by Jim Vose Droughts have occurred frequently in the past and will continue to occur. Some places will see more severe or frequent droughts in the future, while others may not. The ongoing severe droughts in many parts of the US have been widely publicized, but there is a lack of information about how droughts of varying severities affect forests and rangelands.  The need for guidance on how to effectively manage the nation’s grasslands and forests for resiliency and adaptation to drought...
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30
OCT
2015

POSTPONED! Forestry for Women Workshop on November 4

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This event has been postponed due to rain until late February. Stay tuned for more information. by Jennifer Moore Myers There is a field tour and workshop entitled Forestry for Women in Currie, NC on November 4 from 9 am to 3 pm. Visit a property being managed for timber, wildlife, recreation, and water quality. Learn about savings on property taxes, federal and state cost-share programs, and estate planning. The workshop is presented by the NC Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation...
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28
OCT
2015

SERCH Workshop on Climate-Smart Decision Support Tools for Agriculture Adaptation

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Join SERCH staff Sarah Wiener and Jennifer Moore Myers for a workshop at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham, North Carolina on November 7 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. The workshop will focus on climate-smart decision support tools for adaptive agriculture. The Conference  offers a unique opportunity to learn cutting-edge techniques and innovative programs from experts and to connect with farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, and...
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29
SEP
2015

Update: SERCH Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Workshop Now Virtual

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by Sarah Wiener In an effort to be more inclusive and respect the tight travel budgets of many organizations, SERCH decided to make our Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Workshop a virtual event instead of an in-person one. The workshop, which was originally scheduled for November 17-18, will be moved to January 20-21. We still expect to have more-or-less the same agenda of fantastic speakers, but without the cost and carbon emissions of an in-person workshop. Register at serch.us/workshop, and...
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16
SEP
2015

Southeast Regional Vulnerability Assessment Published

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by Sarah Wiener The Southeast Regional Climate Hub Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies was published this week. This report reviews what can be expected for future climate in the Southeast, and how changes may impact forests, cropland, and livestock. Opportunities for greenhouse gas mitigation, as well as roles of various USDA agencies in addressing these impacts, are also covered. Check out the Vulnerability Assessment online. Sarah Wiener...
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30
JUL
2015

SERCH Director to Host Webinars for Climate Learning Network

by Sarah Wiener SERCH Director, Steve McNulty, will be giving a webinar series titled “A Method for Building Trust and Collaboration in Addressing Climate Change Impacts” on August 6th and 20th, both at 1 pm EST. The first webinar will focus on working with cooperators, and the second on talking to the general public. The Climate Learning Network is hosting the webinar as part of a six-part series. The full series and registration links can be viewed here. We hope to...
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29
JUL
2015

SERCH to Host Greenhouse Gas and Adaptation Workshop

by Sarah Wiener SERCH is excited to announce that we will be hosting a workshop focusing on adaptation to and mitigation of climate change in Buford, GA on November 17-18. The workshop will have expert speakers from across the Southeast, providing information on adaptive strategies that make working lands more resilient to an increasingly variable climate, while at the same time mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. State and federal programs that support these efforts will be highlighted,...
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13
JUL
2015

Climate Hubs Release Tool Shed

by Sarah Wiener The USDA Climate Hubs have been busy, and we are excited to announce the release of our first Hub-wide product, the Climate Hubs Tool Shed. The Tool Shed is an online, searchable database of tools (data-driven, interactive websites, and mobile apps) that can assist land managers, land owners, and extension professionals in adapting working lands to the impacts of climate change. While many of the tools were developed specifically to address climate change, several were...
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