The Department of the Interior has appointed 25 members to its new Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science. The committee will advise the Secretary of the Interior about the Department’s climate change adaptation science initiatives.

“Responding to climate change and its effects on our natural and cultural resources is an important priority for the nation,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “This committee embodies our commitment to working closely with our partners to strengthen our efforts to develop sound science that will help inform policymakers, land managers and the public in making important resource management decisions.”

More than 100 nominations were received for the committee. Members represent Interior and other federal agencies; tribal, state, and local governments; nongovernmental organizations; academic institutions; and the private sector.

“The Climate Change Advisory Committee will play an important role in the department’s climate adaptation strategy by providing advice on critical issues such as science priorities, relations with key partners, ensuring scientific excellence and coordinating with other climate adaptation initiatives,” said Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes.


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