Climate Programs

There are a growing number of tribal programs, government and non-government agencies and programs addressing climate change across the United States. This page includes tribal, federal and NGO climate change programs.

Titlesort descending Organization Description Category Geography Website
EPA Tribal Air Quality Program EPA

Indian Tribes have express authority under the Clean Air Act and the Tribal Authority Rule to manage air quality in Indian country. EPA provides technical assistance and resources to help Tribes build their program capacity. We also implement Clean Air Act requirements in Indian country through programs such as the Federal Air Rules for Reservations, Title V permits, and air toxics rules.

Air Quality National Link
EPA Tribal Contact List EPA

EPA listing of regional and national agency contacts regarding tribes. Page also includes supplemental contact information, e.g. a listing of federally recognized tribes. EPA regional offices and contacts are included in a map on the bottom of the web page.

Contacts, Listing National Link
Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective American Meteorological Society

Using research and case studies from 2013, this report explores and attempt to determine the attribution of extreme climate effects to human influence. This research found that while events such as droughts and storms have been difficult to attribute to human-caused climate change, pattern heat waves can be connected to human-climate-influences.

Research National Link
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Tribal Affairs FEMA

FEMA provides a number of resources for tribal communities. The FEMA Tribal Affairs team has included a list of grants related to disasters, hazards, and non-hazards that tribes are eligible for. FEMA also offers tribal training for increasing preparedness for disasters.

Disaster Planning National Link
Fire Science and Forestry Scholarships and Financial Aid

At FireScience.org, we have our finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the fields of fire science and public service. First, we’ve compiled all the information you need to decide whether to pursue a career in fire science or public service and present it here in an easy-to-follow format. We’ve talked to experts about the kind of training you’ll need, and what you can expect form the different careers. We’ve researched where to get training and created comprehensive, searchable lists of schools and programs.

Grants, Scholarships, Fire Management, Educational Training, Firefighting National Link
Fire Science Exchange Network

The goal of the Fire Science Exchange Network is to accelerate the awareness, understanding, adoption, and implementation of readily available wildland fire science information.

wildfire, wildland, fire science, education, outreach, information, data, prevention National, Untied States Link
Fire Science Online

At FireScience.org, we have our finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the fields of fire science and public service. First, we’ve compiled all the information you need to decide whether to pursue a career in fire science or public service and present it here in an easy-to-follow format. We’ve talked to experts about the kind of training you’ll need, and what you can expect form the different careers. We’ve researched where to get training and created comprehensive, searchable lists of schools and programs.Second, we update our data on a regular basis and keep you abreast of developments in the fields of fire science and public service through our blog and through topical articles and content in the Resources section. Look to us as your main source of the latest information regarding education and careers in fire science. Lastly, we wish to impart our enthusiasm for fire science and public service careers on all our site visitors and encourage people from all backgrounds to consider fulfilling careers in these fields.

Fire, fire science, jobs, career National Link
FSA Environmental and Cultural Resource Compliance USDA, FSA

This website contains information regarding how FSA is ensuring that the implementation of its programs meet all applicable environmental and cultural resource review requirements.

Compliance National Link
FuelCalc USDA Forest Service

FuelCalc is a desktop software application for determining changes in surface and crown fuel loading after thinning, pruning, piling and/or prescribed fire.

wildfire, prescribed burns, planned fires, fuels, prevention, mitigation, adaptation, climate change, extreme weather National, United States Link
Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The Great Basin LCC helps link and integrate science information providers with resource managers and science users; brings additional federal resources to bear on landscape-scale conservation issues and opportunities; and helps to apply science and facilitate coordination on a wide range of efforts to respond to climate change, invasive species, wildfires, human development and other stressors across the Great Basin. The LCC is not intended to replace existing organizations already accomplishing conservation work in the Great Basin. The aim is to facilitate, enhance and inform that work.

Conservation, Natural Resources Northwest, Southwest Link
Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) Climate Change Program Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)

The Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission is commonly known by its acronym, GLIFWC. Formed in 1984, GLIFWC represents eleven Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan who reserved hunting, fishing and gathering rights in the 1837, 1842, and 1854 Treaties with the United States government. GLIFWC provides natural resource management expertise, conservation enforcement, legal and policy analysis, and public information services in support of the exercise of treaty rights during well-regulated, off-reservation seasons throughout the treaty ceded territories. GLIFWC is guided by its Board of Commissioners along with two standing committees, the Voigt Intertribal Task Force and the Great Lakes Fisheries Committee, which advise the Board on policy.

tribe, climate change, treaty, off-reservation Great Lakes Link
Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The Great Northern LCC is partnership that is dedicated to maintaining landscapes that sustain diverse natural systems to support healthy and connected populations of fish, wildlife, and plants; sustain traditional land uses and cultural history; and support robust communities. The LCC pursues this mission by aligning and enacting a regional response to landscape conservation, sharing data, science, and capacity and by working across boundaries and jurisdictions.

Conservation, Natural Resources Northwest, Canada, International Link
Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GPLCC) is a partnership that provides applied science and decision support tools to assist natural resource managers to conserve plant, fish and wildlife in the mid- and short-grass prairie of the southern Great Plains. It is part of a national network of public-private partnerships—known as Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs)—that work collaboratively across jurisdictions and political boundaries to leverage resources and share science capacity. The Great Plains LCC identifies science priorities for the region and helps foster science that addresses these priorities, thus supporting wildlife conservation efforts throughout the Great Plains. It also assists partners in building their own capacity to address scientific challenges associated with our rapidly changing environment.

Conservation, Natural Resources Midwest Link
Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The Gulf Coast Prairie LCC consists of partnerships based on science, and brings information to on-the-ground strategic conservation efforts. The Gulf Coast Prairie LCC offers leadership to strengthen the effectiveness of conservation of wildlife populations and their habitats throughout the region by providing the best available scientific information to inform management decisions. It will achieve this collaborative vision through shared access to science, data, expertise, and resources.

Conservation, Natural Resources Southeast Link
Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The GCPO LCC exists to define, design, and deliver landscapes capable of sustaining natural and cultural resources at desired levels now and into the future. To achieve this mission, the Partnership is currently identifying knowledge gaps that hinder conservation of large functioning ecosystems and developing the information most needed to improve natural and cultural resource management

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy South, Southeast, Coastal Link
Indian Health Service (IHS) Regional Contact List IHS

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Indian Health Service is broken out into 12 physical areas of the United States; Alaska, Albuquerque, Aberdeen, Bemidji, Billings, California, Nashville, Navajo, Oklahoma, Phoenix, Portland and Tucson. This webpage has more information on each region, including regional program descriptions and contact information.

public health Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, National, Alaska Link
Indigenous Food Systems Network Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty

The Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty (WGIFS) was born in March of 2006 out of a recognized need to carry the Indigenous voice in the various meetings, conferences and discussions that have taken place within the food security movement. Through participation in the B.C. Food Systems Network Annual Gathering and strategic planning meetings, the WGIFS was created for the purpose of increasing awareness of the underlying issues, concerns and strategies impacting food security in Indigenous communities. The WGIFS seeks to apply culturally appropriate protocols and ancient ways of knowing through a consensus-based approach to critically analyzing issues, concerns and strategies as they relate to Indigenous food, land, culture, health, economics, and sustainability.
The WGIFS consists of members who provide input and leadership on ways to increase awareness and mobilize communities around the topic of Indigenous food sovereignty. The WGIFS strives to ensure Indigenous voices are carried from a strong and balanced representation and currently consists of participants from key communities and groups (listed below) in each of the major regions around the province of B.C. The working group is inclusive of non-Indigenous advocates from settler communities and promotes cross cultural participation that is representative and balanced based on geography, community group and cultures.

indigenous foods, food security, land, culture, health, economics, sustainability Canada Link
Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group AI/AN CCWG, Tribal Entity

The American Indian Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group (AI/AN CCWP) was formed through a coalition of tribal colleges to prepare future generations of American Indian and Alaska Native earth science professionals, and to ensure that indigenous knowledge is valued and incorporated into research and education. The group is committed to seeing the linkages between tribes, Tribal Colleges and Universities, federal agencies and NGOs strengthened.

Education National Link
Information Exchange for Marine Educators National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, National Marine Protected Areas Center

"Information Exchange for Marine Educators" is an e-newsletter that includes information about marine and environmental education programs and activities, professional development opportunities, funding resources and a section for educators to post requests for information.

education, curriculum, forum, climate change, accessibility National Link
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Climate Change Program NGO

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) was established in 1992 with a vision to assist Indian Tribes in the management of their environmental resources through effective training and education programs. ITEP offers training to tribal environmental professionals to build their capacity to address climate change issues and coordinates the Tribes and Climate Change website and newsletter, found here: http://www7.nau.edu/itep/main/tcc/

Adaptation, Mitigation, Natural Resource Management National Link
Interagency Workgroup on Climate Change and Water Resources FEMA, USACE, NOAA, US Global Change Research Program, Council on Environmental Quality, and the New York City Panel on Climate Change

The Interagency Workgroup on Climate Change and Water Resources was formed between the USACE, Bureau of Reclamation, US Geological Survey, and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to evaluate how climate change consideration can be incorporated into activities related to the Nation’s water resources.

Adaptation, Water Resources National Link
Intertribal Nursery Council USDA Forest Service

The Intertribal Nursery Council (INC) is a USDA Forest Service managed, tribally guided, organization for advancing the interests of native peoples involved with plant production in nurseries.

plant production, traditional ecological knowledge, nursery training Link
Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) ITC, Tribal Entity

Established in 1976, the Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) is a nonprofit nation-wide consortium of Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and individuals dedicated to improving the management of natural resources of importance to Native American communities. The ITC works cooperatively with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), private industry, and academia to explore issues and identify practical strategies and initiatives to promote social, economic and ecological values while protecting and utilizing forests, soil, water, and wildlife.

Natural Resource Management National Link
Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Inuit Circumpolar Council

Founded in 1977 by the late Eben Hopson of Barrow, Alaska, the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) has flourished and grown into a major international non-government organization representing approximately 155,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka (Russia). The US branch of the ICC, ICC-Alaska, is the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC)-Alaska is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works on behalf of the Inupiat of the North Slope, Northwest and Bering Straits Regions; St. Lawrence Island Yupik; and the Central Yup’ik and Cup’ik of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region in Southwest Alaska.

Inuit, Arctic, Policy, Climate Impacts, NGO Arctic, International, Alaska, Russia, Greenland, Canada Link
Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska (ICC-AK) Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska (ICC-AK)

Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska (ICC-AK) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation that represents and advocates for the Iñupiat of the Arctic Slope, Northwest, and Bering Straits; St. Lawrence Island (Siberian) Yupik; and Central Yup’ik and Cup’ik of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Southwest Alaska. ICC-AK is a member country to the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and represents Inuit from Alaska at this international forum. The ICC is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that represents the interest of approximately 155,000 Inuit of the United States, Canada, Greenland and Russia.

Intertribal Organization, Inuit Peoples, Arctic, Circumpolar, Natural Resource Management, Cultural Resources Management, Climate Impacts International, Alaska, Polar Link
Isle De Jean Charles: Resettlement and Survival Isle de Jean Charles band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe

The overarching vision is to maintain and strengthen the tribe’s safety, collective identity, social stability, and contribution to the region throughout the resettlement process. Traditional ways of life will be rekindled and reinforced with tribal members living in one community rather than scattered, as they are today - some on The Island and others living in surrounding villages and towns. The design and layout of the new community is inspired by the tala, Choctaw for palmetto, because of its symbolic and functional importance in the tribe’s traditional lifeways. A successful resettlement will integrate historical traditions, novel technologies, and state-of-the-art resilience measures to create proactive solutions for this time of change and into the future. These efforts will not only benefit the Isle de Jean Charles community, but will also inform other communities that decide to relocate as the most sensible response to increasing coastal environmental hazards. This effort of utilizing tradition roots, innovation, and teaching and sharing activities will further enhance tribal livelihoods and build upon their resilience and social capacity. The new site will be a self-sustaining, practical, affordable, living demonstration of a community-led resettlement, with residential, agriculture, agroforestry and aquaculture uses.

resettlement, climate change, adaptation, marine ecosystems, infrastructure, tribal lands Coastal Louisiana Link
Landscape Climate Dashboard: Climate Projections for Federally and Tribally Protected Lands of the West LCC

Protected Lands are the cornerstone around which local, regional and landscape conservation strategies are developed. These lands are designated to preserve functioning natural ecosystems and act as refuges for species. Additionally, protected lands provide public access to recreation and preservation of natural historic sites. In the face of a changing climate, how will these lands be impacted?
The Landscape Climate Dashboard allows you to explore future climate projections and soil site sensitivity for federally held protected lands across the California, Pacific Northwest, Great Basin and Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) boundaries.

Federal, tribal, land, jurisdiction, climate change, conservation, development, temperature, precipitation National Link
Lower Columbia and Outer Coast Landscape Conservation Design Project -- Blueprint for a Climate-Resilient Landscape NPLCC, USFWS, LCC

In response to this need, the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative and US Fish and Wildlife Service Region 1 has initiated a Landscape Conservation Design initiative for the Lower Columbia River and adjacent coastal shoreline - "Blueprint for a Climate-Resilient Landscape." This partner-driven, multi-stakeholder effort is an integrated, collaborative, and holistic process that is grounded in the interdisciplinary science of landscape ecology, the mission-oriented science of conservation biology, and the art of design. The process results in a science-based, spatially-explicit product that identifies targets of interest to partners, articulates measurable objectives; assesses current and projected landscape patterns and processes; and identifies a desired future condition, conservation and development trade-offs, and implementation strategies.

Conservation, Adaptation, Landscape-scale Conservation Northwest Link
Mapping Climate-Resilient Landscapes: Interactive Conservation Planning Atlas for the Northwest LCC, NGO, The Nature Conservancy, NPLCC

The North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) teamed up with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to share results of a great effort from TNC to identify climate-resilient landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. The project, led by TNC, identified and mapped the most resilient terrestrial sites in the Northwest U.S. that will collectively and individually best sustain native biodiversity, even as the changing climate alters current distribution patterns. Now – this data is available on the NPLCC Conservation Planning Atlas, a tool that visually showcases data-heavy information on a digital map.

Conservation, Adaptation, Planning, Mapping, GIS Northwest Link
Mohawk Seedkeepers

Mohawk Seedkeepers is carrying on the tradition of Indigenous gardening and seed saving. Terrylynn Brant a Mohawk of Six Nations supports gardening initiatives and shares traditional seedkeeping knowledge.

traditional seedkeeping, sustainable living, traditional knowledge Six Nations Indian Reserve, Canada Link

Pages