Issues: Climate Change

Challenge:

For many sportsmen, the impacts of climate change are already becoming evident. From changes in seasonal distribution of waterfowl to diminished stream habitat for coldwater fish such as trout and salmon, sportsmen are the first to notice the effects of our changing climate. Consequently, hunting and fishing opportunities in places where we have enjoyed past successes and great memories are likely to be altered in the future. The path to understanding climate change starts with an acceptance that the climate is indeed changing.

Strategy:

Maintaining ecosystems capable of supporting fish and wildlife populations is critically important to the nation’s health, economy and natural services such as flood control, water filtration and groundwater security. Hunting and fishing are the dividends we reap when we exercise responsible management of our natural resources, and with each passing season the need to develop strategies to help fish and wildlife adapt to a warmer world becomes more imperative. Effective action requires the knowledge gained from focused investigations and sound science — not political polls. The TRCP remains an active participant in developing and promoting such responsible practices and resources. 


Action:

The TRCP, alongside the Climate Change Working Group, is working to ensure that the issue of climate change is properly addressed in congressional legislation. The working group has signed on to a set of principles to help guide federal decision makers as they craft policy to provide for wildlife adaptation in a changing climate.

The TRCP and a number of other national sportsmen’s groups produced a successful publication, Seasons’ End: Global Warming’s Threat to Hunting and Fishing, detailing the predicted impacts of global climate change in the habitat and distribution of fish and wildlife in the United States. In the sequel, Beyond Seasons' End: A Path Forward for Fish and Wildlife in the Era of Climate Change, the TRCP and its partners provide a clear path forward from the effects of climate change.

The TRCP has embarked on field campaigns in Montana, Washington, Oregon, Colorado and New Mexico to educate hunters and anglers on how the impacts of climate change affect fish and wildlife.

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