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Traditional and indigenous knowledges and perspectives have not often been recognized in climate adaptation planning efforts focused on natural and cultural resources. This training will use the new Tribal Adaptation Menu along with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science Adaptation Workbook to integrate tribal and traditional values with climate adaptation planning processes. Feedback and discussion on the menu will be welcomed and encouraged.

Read about the Tribal Adaptation Menu effort here

Workshop Goals:

  • Identify priorities and set goals for tribal natural resources management.
  • Evaluate challenges and opportunities to meeting select goals under climate change.
  • Develop actions to help adapt natural resources to changing conditions.
  • Develop plans to engage tribal community members in adaptation decisions
  • Learn about tools and approaches that can serve as a foundation for more detailed local and regional work.
Co-hosts and collaborators
  • Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission
  • 1854 Treaty Authority
  • Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
  • College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute
  • Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
  • Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

Kristen Schmitt, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science & Michigan Technological University, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub

Kristen is a climate adaptation specialist working with partners within the Midwest and Northeast, and across the country in various places. She supports NIACS and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub in helping natural resource professionals integrate climate change considerations into management planning and decision-making.