Forest Service employees recently received the Climate Adaption Leadership Award for Natural Resources


Dr. Bruce G. Marcot, Pacific Northwest Research Station. Forest Service photo.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – Two Forest Service employees recently received the Climate Adaption Leadership Award for Natural Resources.  Dr. Bruce G. Marcot, Pacific Northwest Research Station, received the Federal Individual award for his contribution to our knowledge about the effects of future climate change on at-risk species, development and application of statistical models and structured decision methods for informing threatened species listing decisions, and assessments on impending climate change impacts on Arctic landscapes and wildlife. Dr. Megan Friggens, Rocky Mountain Research Station, received an Honorable Mention award for her innovative methods assessing and adapting to threats and impacts to wildlife species and habitats arising from climate change.

The Climate Award Leadership Award was established in 2016 to recognize outstanding leadership by individuals, organizations, businesses and agencies to support the resilience of America’s vital natural resources and the many people, businesses and communities that depend on them.  Our nation’s natural resources provide important benefits and services to Americans every day, including jobs, income, food, clean water and air, building materials, storm protection, tourism and recreation. For example, hunting, fishing and other wildlife-related recreation contribute an estimated $120 billion to our nation's economy every year, and


Dr. Megan Friggens, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Forest Service photo.

marine ecosystems sustain a U.S. seafood industry that supports more than 1.8 million jobs and $214 billion in economic activity annually.

The Award is sponsored by the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy’s Joint Implementation Working Group in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).

For more information about the 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards for Natural Resources, including the eight recipients, honorable mentions, and all 27 nominees, please visit the .