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Secretary of the Interior Appoints Chairman VanZile to Advisory Council

Deb Haaland, Secretary of the Interior, has appointed Chairman Robert VanZile to the new Advisory Council for Climate Adaptation Science.


According to Holly Chandler, Management and Program Analyst with the National Climate Adaptation Science Center | U.S. Geological Survey, “We received many nominations for highly qualified candidates for the Council. Your expertise and experience stood out to us, and we are confident that your perspectives and insights will contribute significantly to the Council. We are thrilled to be getting this Council up and running and very much look forward to working with you.”

The Council has been established to advise the Secretary of the Interior on the operations of the Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs), including advising on the contents of a national strategy identifying key climate adaptation science priorities to advance the management of natural and cultural resources in the face of climate change; advising on the nature, extent, and quality of relations with and facilitating engagement of key partners at the regional/CASC level; advising on the nature and effectiveness of mechanisms to effectively deliver science information and tools, and build capacity, to aid the natural and cultural resource management community and decision-makers in adapting to a changing climate; advising on mechanisms that may be employed by the National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) to ensure high standards of scientific quality and integrity in its products; and advising on the integration of equity, particularly for historically underserved communities, in the operation of the NCASC and regional CASCs.


“This is an opportunity to provide information on the issues affecting Mother Earth and her resources, including Manoomin. I look forward to sharing insights from those of us with boots on the ground who are working to protect our cultural and environment resources,” said Chairman VanZile.