Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:38 pm Post subject: Sierra Nevada Conservancy Hosts Symposium On Climate Change
Released on: November 12, 2007, 3:58 pm
Press Release Author: Kerri Timmer, Mt. Lassen Area Manager
Industry: Agriculture, Environment, Government
Press Release Summary:Auburn – The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) will host a “Symposium on Climate Change” Wednesday, December 5, at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This one-day conference will feature in-depth discussions with experts about solutions to the potential impacts and implications of climate change in the Sierra Nevada region.
Press Release Body: SIERRA NEVADA CONSERVANCY HOSTS SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Implications of Climate Change in the Sierra and How the Region Can be Part of the Solution
Auburn – The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) will host a “Symposium on Climate Change” Wednesday, December 5, at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This one-day conference will feature in-depth discussions with experts about solutions to the potential impacts and implications of climate change in the Sierra Nevada region.
“By hosting this symposium in and about the Sierra, the SNC intends to bring a regional focus to the larger issue of climate change,” said SNC Executive Officer Jim Branham. “We hope the symposium will be the beginning of a regional dialogue among local decision-makers and others about community-based adaptations and other creative ways of addressing the impacts and implications of climate change in the Sierra and beyond.“
Dr. Daniel R. Cayan, a research meteorologist in the Climate Change Division of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California, San Diego, and in the Water Resources Discipline of the U.S. Geological Survey, will provide a plenary overview of climate change impacts on the Sierra region. The region is particularly important, as it is the source of nearly two-thirds of California’s water, most of which is stored in the form of snowpack.
Following the plenary session, government, academic, business and non-profit experts will lead workshops about potential climate change implications for water management, water supply, fisheries, recreation, habitat, vegetation and fire. Sierra-specific tools and community strategies for addressing anticipated impacts will also be discussed.
“As Gov. Schwarzenegger said recently in a speech before the United Nations, the role of government in climate and environmental issues is to lead and to provide ‘action, action, action,’” said Branham. “We hope our first symposium will encourage individual, government and community action to address the critical issue of climate change.”
Local, state, federal and regional decision-makers, land managers, non-profit organizations and others interested in the effects of climate change on Sierra resources, communities and economies are encouraged to attend the symposium. To register, participants can visit the SNC Web site at www.sierranevada.ca.gov and click on the “SNC SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION NOW OPEN” box. Conference expenses are being covered through generous donations from a variety of sponsors. However, space at the symposium is limited, so those interested in attending are advised to register early.
The SNC was created by legislation signed into law in 2004 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The organization covers 25 million acres in all or part of 22 California counties and initiates, encourages and supports efforts that improve the environmental, economic and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada region, its communities and the residents of California.
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