Archive for September, 2010

Your tax dollars at work: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issues über-alarmist report

09/30/2010

I guess their new “science” adviser (see prior post) is having results:

“As part of the Department of the Interior’s commitment to building a coordinated strategy to respond to the impacts of climate change on the nation’s natural resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today releases its final strategic plan that will guide the agency’s efforts to respond to the unprecedented threat posed by global warming.

The plan, titled “Rising to the Urgent Challenge: Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change,” provides a framework within which the Service will work as part of the conservation community to help ensure the sustainability of fish, wildlife, plants and habitats in the face of accelerating climate change.  …

“The growing impacts from climate change on wildlife, plants, and watersheds call for a coordinated and strategic response from the Department and its bureaus,” says Tom Strickland, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for fish and wildlife and parks. “The Service’s plan is both a call to arms and a clear roadmap for action. It is firmly rooted in sound science, an adaptive, landscape-scale conservation approach, and collaboration with partners.”  …

“The Service’s climate strategy acknowledges and embraces the agency’s role in providing national leadership on this critical issue facing fish and wildlife agencies, while also acknowledging the critical role of states, tribes, and private organizations in delivering fish and wildlife conservation across the country,” says Dave Schad, Director of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife.  …

Bob Bendick, Director of U.S. Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy, says the plan “issues a challenge to every Service member and every Service partner to act swiftly and decisively in response to unprecedented change in the natural world, identifying collective wisdom and collaborative action as yardsticks to our success.””  “Service Releases Final Climate Change Strategy

Excerpts from the plan:

“We must act now, as if the future of fish and wildlife and people hangs in the balance — for indeed, all indications are that it does.  …

At the dawn of the 21st century, we find our commitment and resolve and our passion and creativity being called upon once again as we face what portends to be the greatest challenge to fish and wildlife conservation in the history of the Service: The Earth’s climate is changing at an accelerating rate that has the potential to cause abrupt changes in ecosystems and increase the risk of species extinctions.  …

Given the disruption that a changing climate implies for our mission, our nation, and our world, we in the Service and the Department cannot afford to simply give lip service to this crisis and go on about business as usual. We are at a crossroads in our nation’s conservation history.”