Nez Perce Tribe Climate Change Adaptation, Sustainability, and Mitigation Planning

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Climate Change Vulnerability

Wildfire is part of healthy ecosystems, but larger, hotter fires during droughts are changing ecosystems in the Nez Perce Homelands.

Climate Change Adaptation Planning

Climate Change staff are working to prepare maps, data, and summaries to assist tribal resource managers who are already coping with the impacts of climate change.

Climate and Culturally Smart Conservation

The Restoration Toolkit for Ecological and Cultural Resilience Project provides a tool to include climate change and culture in wetland and riparian restoration planting design.

Climate Smart Agriculture

Tribal Staff are working on a Climate Smart Agriculture Project to try to provide information to producers and the Tribe about ways that agriculture will be impacted and potential solutions that will help farmers and biodiversity.

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Camas to Condors Climate Change Adaptation Project

The Camas to Condors Climate Change Adaptation Project is a Landscape Level Conservation Project designed to increase connectivity, resilience, and resources for tribal members from the Blue Mountains to the Bitterroots.

 

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Amber Ziegler, Becky Witinok Huber, and Stefanie Krantz (left to right)

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Staff

The climate change program currently has two full time staff, one volunteer, and a post-doc project devoted to it. We are also recruiting an Americorps Vista volunteer.

Stefanie Krantz, the Climate Change Coordinator, manages this project (left). Contact info available here: https://nptwaterresources.org/staff-and-resources/

Thomas Tall Bull, the Climate Change Specialist. He is from Kamiah, Idaho, and is working on the Camas to Condors Project, Climate Smart Workshops, and learning more from the community about what is needed to help adapt to climate change (right photo).

Dr. Eric Walsh, currently a post-doc at the Univ. of Idaho, is working on the Climate Smart Agriculture Project (middle top photo).

Cassandra Goodmansen is a volunteer for this project and a student at the Univ. of Idaho.

Amber Ziegler and Dr. Becky Witinok-Huber are former employees who made invaluable contributions to this effort, and are authors on the vulnerability assessment (middle lower photo).

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Partners

The Climate Change Program at the Tribe has formal partnerships with Point Blue Conservation Science, Greater Hell’s Canyon Council, Yellowstone to Yukon, University of Idaho, Dr. Eric Walsh, and Dr. David Mildrexler.

NPTEC Climate Change and Energy Subcommittee

In 2019, the Tribe formed a Climate Change and Energy Subcommittee in order to focus energy on mitigating for the impacts of climate change on the tribe, tribal enterprises, and Treaty Reserved Resources. The members of the subcommittee are Chantel Greene (chair), McCoy Oatman, and Art Broncheau. The subcommittee is working to bring energy sovereignty and resilience to the Tribe, sustainability, and funding for meaningful projects to support Tribal priorities and tribal members dealing with climate change.

Thank you!

The Tribe’s Resilience Program would not be possible without the support of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Resilience Program and the Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition, many partners, scientists and friends have helped us along the way. The University of Idaho, the UW Climate Impacts Group, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, the BIA Tribal Resilience Support, and many staff and tribal members have helped this project and have our partners. Thank you!

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Landscape Level Adaptation and Conservation Planning

Please click the link below to learn more about the our budding Blues to Bitterroots Coalition to work on landscape level conservation in a changing climate including the Seasonal Round Trail Project.

Climate Smart Culturally Smart Conservation

This project is devoted to cultural survival for the Nimiipuu. Climate Smart, Culturally Smart Conservation Projects that include climate change mitigation and adaptation with cultural continuation through the honoring of traditional knowledges, and the study, protection, and restoration of ecosystems and cultural plants and practices is core to the vision of this program.

Climate Change Education Resources

At the Idaho Environmental Education Association Conference in Lewiston in 2018, we presented information about teaching climate science for educators.  The link below will be to the materials presented at that conference (coming soon!). Quality resources for teaching young children about the global climate system, how it relates to our daily weather, and our quality of life abound, but there is misinformation out. Climate change is complicated and can be confusing. We put together a resource list for teachers that provides the best information available. We hope to be able to provide quality resources for any age to learn more.

For Adult and Tribal Members; the best easy resource to learn more about future projections is the Tribal Climate Change Toolkit created by the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group Tribal Climate Desk:

https://cig.uw.edu/resources/tribal-vulnerability-assessment-resources/tribal-climate-tool/

For young children; here are just a couple of suggestions for outside resources.  Of course, the best local resource is elders and community members who can tell stories about how the weather used to be like, and what the timing of events of nature used to be like. However, there are some good resources.

Here is a comprehensive guide to resources:

https://tribalclimateguide.uoregon.edu/climate-education?combine=&field_geography_tid=All&order=title&sort=desc

and some selected websites:

NASA’s climate kids:

https://climatekids.nasa.gov/menu/teach/

The Young Meteorologist Game for kids to learn about weather:

http://youngmeteorologist.org/  

 

 

Climate Solutions

Our team focuses on climate solutions that are ecologically, culturally, and economically just. We search for win-wins that can help solve problems that needed to be addressed regardless of the changing climate. The Tribe is focused on climate-change mitigation, and is working on developing solar on the reservation and at remote offices. The following link will soon lead to a page populated with hopeful information about ways we can solve this problem!

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History of Climate Change Planning at the Tribe

The Tribe has been working on climate change for decades, from sequestering carbon in forests to responding to the impacts of changing ocean conditions, stream temperatures and flow on fish. The current climate change program started after the 2015 drought and fish kill. The climate team is determined to have a meaningful, long-term adaptation program that helps the tribe assess, vision, plan, and mitigate for the impacts of climate change.

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