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Training for Sagebrush Conservation Practitioners

Climate Change and Climate Adaptation Training for Sagebrush Conservation Practitioners

North American sagebrush ecosystems are a regional priority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The FWS Science Applications Program is working in partnership with multiple USGS Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs), including the South Central CASC, Northwest CASC, North Central CASC, and Southwest CASC, and Boise State University, to develop a training series for sagebrush conservation practitioners. These trainings were held starting in February 2024 with a self-paced introductory course, a series of virtual classrooms, and wrapped up with an in-person workshop in May 2024.

Following is an outline of materials and recordings from this training series for review and continued use by practitioners.

US Fish and Wildlife Press:
2023-2024 Sagebrush Climate Training Report Out

The primary focus for this training is the sagebrush systems of Interior Regions (IR) 1, 6, and 8. However, much of the training is relevant across the sagebrush habitats in the U.S.  

Virtual Classroom Sessions

A Brief Introduction to Climate Change for Sagebrush Ecosystems
A self-paced, online climate course designed for sagebrush managers.
Link to video playlist

Sagebrush and Climate Change Overview
Virtual classroom hosted on March 20, 2024
1. Our Changing Climate | Link to slides | Link to recording
2. Impacts on Drought | Link to slides | Link to recording
3. Consequences for Disturbances | Link to slides | Link to recording
4. Implications for Sagebrush Vegetation | Link to slides | Link to recording

Sagebrush-associated Wildlife Vulnerabilities to Climate Change
Virtual classroom hosted on April 4, 2024
Link to the session recording
1. Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptive Capacity | Link to slides
2. Pygmy Rabbits Case Study | Link to slides
3. Sage-grouse Case Study | Link to slides

Introduction to Climate Tools
Virtual classroom hosted on April 30, 2024
1. Using Climate Adaptation Tools | Link to slides | Link to recording
2. The Climate Toolbox | Link to recording
3. Land Treatment Exploration Tool | Link to recording
4. Strategies for Seed Transfer & Assisted Migration | Link to slides | Link to recording

Interpreting Climate Models and Projections
Virtual classroom hosted on May 8, 2024
1. Incorporating Future Climate Projections Into Adaptation Planning | Link to slides | Link to recording
2. Interactive Activity (not recorded)

In-person Climate Adaptation Workshop

This event was held in May 2024. Links to available presentations are below.

Day 1 Presentations:
Sagebrush Conservation DesignGeoffrey Bedrosian
Climate Impacts on Sagebrush SystemsMarin Holdredge
The View from the Ground: What Managers Need Most to be EffectiveColin Dovichin & Bill Sparklin
Sagebrush, Perennial Grasses & Soil Moisture: What Should we Expect?John Bradford
Climatic Impacts on Wildfire and Cheatgrass – Matt Germino
Fuel Treatments and Fuel Breaks Considering Invasive-Fire-Climate DynamicsDoug Shinneman
Vulnerability Assessments for Key Sagebrush Species – Lindsey Thurman
Scenario Planning Part 1Brian Miller
How to use the Climate ToolboxKatherine Hegewisch & Imtiaz Rangwala
On the Ground Tools for Decision-MakingMatt Germino
Carbon Movement and ManagementToby Maxwell

Day 2 Presentations:
Landscape Treatments & Seasonal ForecastingMichelle Jeffries
Scenario Planning Part 2Brian Miller
RAD Framework and the FWS RAD Implementation GuideMike Hudson
From Strategies to Tactics: Climate Adaptation WorkbooksMaude Dinan
Extreme Events, Compound Events, and UncertaintyStephanie Mcafee
On-the-Ground Success StoriesImtiaz Rangwala

Role Playing Activity: Planning for the Future
Activity SheetsEmma Kuster