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Faculty & Staff Newsletter

May 2017

Mary Ratnaswamy and Melissa Ocana accept 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership AwardMassachusetts ‘Wildlife Climate Action Tool’ Wins National Award

The Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool partnership was awarded a 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award at the National Adaptation Forum in St. Paul, Minnesota. University of Massachusetts project manager, Melissa Ocana, accepted the award on behalf of the partnership. The Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool is designed to inform and inspire local action to protect the Commonwealth’s natural resources in a changing climate. This online Tool focuses on providing information for a range of local decision-makers, including conservation practitioners, landowners, municipal agencies, and community leaders, seeking to conduct on-the-ground climate change adaptation efforts. The development of the Tool was led by Scott Jackson, extension associate professor of environmental conservation; Michelle Staudinger, science coordinator at the Northeast Climate Science Center; and Steve DeStefano, leader of the USGS Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. A full list of team members can be found here. The Tool can be accessed at