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NPS seeks applicants for climate adaptation workshop series

An upcoming workshop series offers opportunities for National Park Service managers and partners to effectively incorporate climate adaptation approaches into collaborative projects. Coordinated by NPS Coastal Landscape Adaptation Coordinator Amanda Babson, who is a member of the North Atlantic LCC Steering Committee, the Northeast Region Climate Adaptation and Communication Workshop Series is open to practitioners involved in natural and cultural resource conservation. The application deadline is December 7th.

Are you interested in incorporating climate-adaptation approaches into existing cultural or natural resource projects, refining your climate communications skills, and networking with others in the same boat? The National Park Service is soliciting applicants for a six-week Northeast Region Climate Adaptation and Communication Workshop Series this winter designed for teams of NPS managers and partners. 

In a nutshell: During this six-week series, you and your team will have an opportunity to work collaboratively to incorporate climate adaptation approaches into existing cultural and natural resource management projects (see below for a list of example projects), and in the process, to learn from peers and experts. Participants will complete regular assignments to improve their work, and come away with a better climate-informed project, communication skills and products, and a sense of community in a network of practitioners. 

Who is it for? Teams of NPS managers and partners (e.g., land trusts, researchers, tribes, towns, other agencies or nonprofits, etc.) engaged in natural and cultural resource management. We encourage you to pull together an interdisciplinary team within your park, program, or partnership of two to four people, depending on the project. Projects do not have to occur within park boundaries. Webinars will be facilitated and coordinated by cooperators at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park.

Where does it meet? You will meet in-person with your project team and participate in an interactive online webinar (not just a talk) with other project teams and guest speakers.

When is it? February 7 - March 14, every Wednesday (6 sessions), 1:30 - 3:00 PM (ET). Space is limited, please sign up by Dec. 7 (see below for link to sign up). Expected time commitment: In addition to the six workshop sessions, there will be assignments (opportunities to work on your project) each week that take 1-2 hrs required outside of the WebEx.

Why should I participate? At the end of the six-week series, you will have: a climate-informed project (your project!), better communication skills and products (related to your project), and an enhanced network of practitioners (to help you).

To get the most out of this workshop, you should have a collaborative project, either an ongoing or about-to-begin project that you will work on throughout the workshop. This can be any type of natural or cultural resource planning or implementation project. The Northeast has lots of projects that already involve climate adaptation in progress or completed. Here are some examples to help get a sense of the possibilities.

List of example projects:

  • Fire management plan
  • Prescribed burns 
  • Invasive plant management 
  • Cultural landscape treatment plan 
  • Historic structure preservation plan 
  • Deer management 
  • Rare, threatened, and endgangered species recovery work

 

Registration and more information: Follow this link to register by December 7th: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdvktMDwjhTQUOQ-
yE7zXLktvcFWAZMtyVZo_Gs9hy2m3H86w/viewform?usp=sf_link

Interested but not sure if you have a project? Or don't know how to scope it? Feel free to contact Amanda Babson, Coastal Landscape Adaptation Coordinator for the National Park Service, Northeast Region:

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