U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Unveils Strategic Plan to Respond to Global Warming

This just in: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its strategic plan to respond to global warming.

“This defining challenge for the conservation community requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to apply the skill, determination, creativity and commitment to conserving the nation’s natural resources that have defined the American conservation movement since its inception more than 160 years ago,” according to the plan.

“The National Wildlife Federation is enthused about this latest step by the Fish and Wildlife Service to address the causes and effects of global warming,” said John Kostyack, executive director of Wildlife Conservation and Global Warming for National Wildlife Federation. “It is time to stop debating global warming as if it were solely a question of what might happen in the future. Warming is happening now and it is disrupting the natural systems that support both wildlife and people.”

For example, earlier this month nearly 20,000 walruses hauled themselves out of the Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, abandoning their traditional habitat due to the rapid decline of sea ice. “These are warning signs that we need to get moving quickly to both reduce our global warming pollution and safeguard communities from the inevitable impacts of warming,” Kostyack said.

Learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s work to help safeguard wildlife and habitat from global warming impacts:
Effects of Global Warming on Wildlife and Habitats
Investing to Safeguard Wildlife and Ecosystems