Volume 7, Issue 2 - March/April 2014
Eastern Threat Center Highlights Cont'd
NC Museum of Natural Sciences Hosts Research Executives
The USDA Forest Service Research Executive Team explored the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences during their business meeting held at the museum’s Nature Research Center in Raleigh, NC. Forest Service research and development leaders from Washington, DC, and seven regional research stations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico participated in the three-day strategic working session. The Southern Research Station’s (SRS) partnership with the museum was highlighted as a model for future collaborative science sharing opportunities.
Right: Southern Research Station Director Dr. Robert L. Doudrick presented museum director Dr. Emlyn Koster with a partnership appreciation coin. Photo courtesy of Perdita Spriggs, USDA Forest Service.
Tribal Partnerships Address Climate Challenges and Opportunities
Managers of tribal lands are facing unprecedented challenges to natural resource sustainability due to climate change and related disturbances. Working with partners, including scientists and staff from the SRS and Eastern Threat Center, tribal land managers are gaining an edge with access to tools and resources to support planning activities and are collaborating to reach shared conservation goals across all lands. Lori Barrow, Forest Service liaison to the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, describes a recent climate change adaptation planning workshop and a new effort to preserve culturally significant native plants in the Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations winter newsletter.
Left: Echinacea is a culturally significant native plant used in tribal herbal medicines. Image by USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org