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Northeast Climate Hub, university partners developing state-specific climate change science and tools

Durham, NH, September 10, 2014 - The USDA Northeast Climate Hub, a collaboration of United States Department of Agriculture agencies, has announced new partnerships with 12 land grant universities in the Northeast that will give the region’s farmers,  foresters, and land managers better access to information and tools for adapting to climate and weather variability.

Based in Durham, N.H., the Northeast Climate Hub is one of seven hubs around the country formed to address increasing climate and weather related risks to agriculture such as devastating floods, crippling droughts, extreme storms, fires, and invasive pests. Hosted by the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, the Northeast Climate Hub is a partnership among the Forest Service, Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other federal, state and private organizations within the northeast region.

The overall purpose of the agreements is to create a network for information sharing and exchange. Universities will be active partners in developing, implementing, and evaluating decision support materials for producers that describe how to best cope with and even take advantage of increasing variability in weather. Universities with which the Northeast Climate Hub has entered into agreements are:

  • University of Maine
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Cornell University
  • Rutgers University
  • West Virginia University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Maryland
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Connecticut

“The heart of the Northeast Climate Hub is serving land owners in the Northeast, from dairy farmers to family forest owners, and providing tools and information that they need,” said Michael T. Rains, Director of the Northern Research Station and the Forest Products Laboratory. “Partnering with land grant universities throughout the Northeast is a significant step in developing a network of resources that will be local, accessible, and the best available science.”

The Climate Hub will fund university projects geared toward solutions and adaptation tools that are applicable to farming and forestry practices at regional and local scales. “Our ultimate purpose is to provide science-based, region-specific information and technologies that enable climate-smart decision-making,” said David Hollinger, Director of the Northeast Climate Hub. “The land grant universities have a long and successful history of delivering science in forms that people can use.”

The Northeast Climate Hub stretches from Maine to West Virginia and includes the Northern Forest Sub-Hub focused on forestry. USDA regional Hubs are also located in the Southeast, Midwest, Southern Plains, Northern Plains, Southwest and Pacific Northwest.

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USDA Climate Hubs deliver science-based knowledge, practical information and program support to farmers, ranchers, forest landowners, and resource managers to support decision-making related to the impacts of a changing climate.  The Climate Hubs are a USDA multi-agency effort being led by the Agricultural Research Service, Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Key partners in the networks include the Land Grant universities (which includes Cooperative Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Stations), USDA researchers, producer groups, the private sector, state, local and regional governments, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Interior (DOI), regional climate change experts, and non-profits engaged in providing assistance to landowners.

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The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The mission of the Forest Service's Northern Research Station is to improve people’s lives and help sustain the natural resources in the Northeast and Midwest through leading-edge science and effective information delivery.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.

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