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NC CSC Staff Connects with Partners at National Conservation Training Center Course

Staff from the North Central Climate Science Center recently participated in a combined offering of the National Conservation Training Center’s Climate-Smart Conservation and Scenario-Planning course alongside a number of participants from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, two Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Wildlife Federation.

The course, which is designed to "demistify climate adaptation for application to on-the-ground conservation," focuses largely on teaching participants how to become smart consumers of climate information, tools, and models in their own planning and management efforts. According to Brian Miller, a research scientists at the NC CSC, “by participating in the training and connecting with resource management partners, [I] will be better prepared to support scenario planning research and help offer these courses in the north central domain.”

The NCTC is the primary source for training and professional development within the Department of Interior. By working with the training center, the regional CSCs are able to create climate-relevant professional development opportunities for DOI natural resource managers and other non-Federal professionals. This collaboration helps to create high-quality instructors from the CSC network, reduce costs by creating opportunities for NCTC classes to occur “within region”, and helps to establish a social network that builds strong relationships among NCTC course attendees. Cross-collaboration also allows the NCTC to offer semester-long courses at universities within the CSC domains and further strengthens the relationship between these institutions and the local land management community.

The North Central Climate Science Center plans to partner with the NCTC on July 28th-30th, 2015 to offer a tribally-focused “Climate-Smart Conservation” course in Rapid City, South Dakota. More information on that training will be available soon on the events page of our website.