State to Begin 2017 Climate Adaptation Plan Update Workshops
The California Natural Resources Agency has announced a series of workshops to begin taking public comment on the 2017 update of the Safeguarding California Plan (Plan) – the statewide strategic plan for climate adaptation across California’s various sectors. The Plan, which was last updated in 2014, is intended to ensure that the people, communities, and ecosystems of California are able to withstand the potential impacts of a changing climate, such as water supply shortages, tree mortality, sea level rise, and various other possible scenarios.
The 2017 Plan Update workshops will begin at the University of California, Merced in mid-May, and will end with a Sierra Nevada workshop in mid-June. A draft of the Plan is not yet available, but interested parties can find more information, including dates, times, and locations of the workshops, and sign up for the Safeguarding California mailing list, here.
Interior Secretary Zinke Announces $32.6 Million in Historic Preservation Grants to States and Tribes
Outdoor Industry Association Releases Annual Economic Report
This week, the Outdoor Industry Association released its annual economic report. The report was presented at an event at the National Press Club featuring the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID). The report detailed that the outdoor recreation economy generates $887 billion in consumer spending annually, $65.3 billion for the federal government, and $59.2 billion in local and state tax revenues. The report also calls on Congress to invest federal funding in improvements to outdoor recreation infrastructure.