WICCI members receive Climate Adaption Leadership Award for Natural Resources

June 7, 2016 |

Two affiliates of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) have been named to receive a new national award recognizing leadership in climate adaptation.

Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan directed the Bureau of Science Services from 2000 to 2015.

Jack Sullivan, who directed the Bureau of Science Services in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2000 to 2015, and the Northern Institute for Applied Climate Science (NIACS) are among the recipients of the first-ever Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources.

The National Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy’s Joint Implementation Working Group presented the award in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Resource Conservation Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Forest Service, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

The award was established as part of the Obama Administration’s Priority Agenda for Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America’s Natural Resources, and both Sullivan and NIACS were selected from a competitive batch of 47 nominations – each noted for their innovated approaches to climate adaptation.

Sullivan played an integral role in establishing WICCI. As part of the Science Council from the beginning – and now as a member of the Science Advisory Board – Sullivan’s dedication to involving the DNR with WICCI led to the hugely successful first assessment report, and continues to inform the research and progress WICCI is making today.

NIACS has been a key partner with WICCI, especially as part of the Forestry Working Group. Members of NIACS have led workshops and created workbooks to help landowners, managers and government agencies make smart decisions in adapting Wisconsin’s forests to climate change.

“This award spotlights outstanding efforts that are helping lead the way through innovative tools and actions towards climate-smart resource conservation and management,” says Dave Chanda, president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. “It will serve as a source of inspiration for additional efforts that advance climate-smart resource conservation and management.”

Read the full press release from the U.S. Department of the Interior.