Climate Centers Will Aid Regional Efforts To Responsibly Manage Public Lands

Mar 4, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the first of eight regional science centers in the United States called for in his September 14, 2009 Secretarial Order on Climate Change. The following statement can be attributed to David Moulton, Director of Climate Policy & Conservation Funding for The Wilderness Society:

“This is a sign of the importance that DOI now places on getting climate science out to the regions in a form that can be used by land managers. Because climate change challenges conventional wisdom about protecting our public lands, it will be vital to focus on the science, as these centers will do. Changes in regional climates will threaten the long term health of ecosystems on which we depend for water, irrigation, flood control and recreation. As regional Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff analyzes management plans for our public lands, they will now have more tools at their disposal to properly plan for changes down the road.”