[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 161 (Wednesday, August 20, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 49334-49335]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-19761]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-SATD-2014-N174; FXSC14300900000-134-FF09S00000]


National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy; 
Teleconference of the Joint Implementation Working Group

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of teleconference.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 
public teleconference of the Joint Implementation Working Group 
(Working Group) for the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate 
Adaptation Strategy (Strategy). The purpose of the Strategy is to 
inspire and enable natural resource professionals and other decision 
makers to take action to conserve the nation's fish, wildlife, plants, 
and ecosystem functions, as well as the human uses and values these 
natural systems provide, in a changing climate. At this meeting, the 
Working Group will review the first Strategy Implementation Progress 
Report, discuss future approaches to implementation, hear comments from 
stakeholders, and make plans for the Fall-2014 in-person meeting.
    With this notice, we also initiate the Working Group's recently 
approved Stakeholder Engagement Plan, which commits the Working Group 
to open meetings going forward. This will be the only announcement of 
meetings made in the Federal Register. All future meetings (including 
logistical information) will be made only via the Strategy Web site 
(www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov).

DATES: The Working Group will meet via teleconference on September 15, 
2014, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you wish to submit written information 
questions for the Working Group to consider during the teleconference, 
please submit them to Mark Shaffer (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT) by one of the methods under ``Submitting Written Information 
or Questions,'' no later than September 11, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Because this is a teleconference, there is no meeting venue. 
Participants should call the toll-free number 877-913-8254; when 
prompted, enter participant passcode 5547760. Participants may also 
view materials presented by or to the Working Group by joining the 
meetings via Instant Net Conference. Participants interested in this 
feature should go to http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?sigKey=mymeetings&i=747841297&p=5547760&t=c. If requested, 
enter the participant passcode (5547760)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Shaffer, Office of the Science 
Advisor, at 703-358-2603 (telephone), or 
wildlifeadaptationstrategy@fws.gov (email), or via the Strategy Web 
site at http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/contact-us.php. If 
you use a telecommunications device for the deaf, please call the 
Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service), announce a public teleconference of the Joint Implementation 
Working Group (Working Group) for the National Fish, Wildlife, and 
Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (Strategy). The Working Group is 
made up of the Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA, Department of Commerce), other Federal natural 
resource agencies, and State and tribal wildlife partners. The purpose 
of the Strategy is to inspire and enable natural resource professionals 
and other decision makers to take action to conserve the nation's fish, 
wildlife, plants, and ecosystem functions, as well as the human uses 
and values these natural systems provide, in a changing climate. At 
this meeting, the working Group will review the first Strategy 
Implementation Progress Report, discuss future approaches to 
implementation, hear comments from stakeholders, and make plans for the 
Fall-2014 in-person meeting.

Background

    The adverse impacts of climate change transcend political and 
administrative boundaries. No single entity or level of government can 
safeguard wildlife and society against the effects of climate change. 
In cooperation with our co-leaders--NOAA, other Federal natural 
resource agencies, State wildlife agencies, and tribal partners--we 
announced publication of the strategy on April 1, 2013 (78 FR 19514). 
The Strategy presents a unified approach--reflecting shared principles 
and science-based practices--for reducing the negative impacts of 
climate change on fish, wildlife, plants, our natural resource 
heritage, and the communities and economies that depend on them. The 
Strategy provides a basis for sensible actions that can be taken now, 
in spite of the uncertainties that exist about the precise impacts of 
climate change. It also provides guidance about what further actions 
are most likely to promote natural resource adaptation to climate 
change, and describes mechanisms that will foster collaboration for 
effective action among all levels of government, conservation 
organizations, and private landowners.
    Please visit the Strategy Web site at http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov to download a copy of the Strategy 
or Strategy Highlights brochure, or to obtain additional background on 
the development of the Strategy.
    Please note that future meetings of the Working Group will be 
announced only on the Web site.

Teleconference Agenda

     Co-chair remarks and updates.
     Review of Agenda.
     Preview of NFWPCAS Implementation Progress Report and 
plans for release.
     Discussion of future approach to implementation.
     Report from Stakeholders' Subgroup.
     Stakeholder comments.
     Plans for the Fall In-person meeting.
     Co-chairs' closing comments.

Submitting Written Information or Questions

    Interested members of the public may submit relevant information or 
questions for the Working Group to consider during the meeting. Written 
statements must be supplied to Mark Shaffer in one of the following 
formats: One hard copy with original signature or one electronic copy 
with digital signature copy via email (acceptable file formats are 
Adobe Acrobat PDF, MS Word, PowerPoint, or rich text file).

Minutes

    Summary minutes of the teleconference will be available for public 
inspection within 90 days after the meeting, and will be posted on the 
Working Group Web site at www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov.

Authority

    Conference Report for the Interior, Environment and Related 
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010.


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    Dated: August 12, 2014.
Seth Mott,
Acting Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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