The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center is a partnership between the US Geological Survey, the University of Colorado Boulder and five consortium partners. The NC CASC fosters innovative and applied research in support of tribal, federal, state, and local natural resource management and decision-making. The North Central center is one of nine regional climate centers in the national CASC network created to help meet the changing needs of land and resource managers across the country. It serves Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska. 



NC CASC webinar available online

The Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) tribe recognizes the climate crisis we are facing, and is planning to adapt and thrive.

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January/February 2023 Newsletter is Available Online

Check out the January/February issue of our newsletter. We strive to update you on NC CASC science, opportunities and events across our region. 

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March 2023 Tribal Climate Newsletter

Learn about new job and funding opportunities this spring in the new Tribal Climate Resilience newsletter. 

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March 16 NC CASC webinar

The Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) tribe recognizes the climate crisis we are facing, and is planning to adapt and thrive.

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Western Wildfires Destroying More Homes Per Square Mile Burned

Climate change, more buildings near flammable vegetation, and accidental human ignitions contributed to wildfires’ increased destructiveness.

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February 2023 Tribal Climate Newsletter

Learn more about the Tribal Grid Resilience Formula funding opportunity; the Karuk Tribe's first-of-its-kind training for controlled burns; and more about the Bison Restoration for the American Prairie

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The Grasslands-Climate Workshop

On January 24-25, 2023 a number of US Fish and Wildlife Service staff and partners working on grassland conservation met in person in Lakewood, CO for the Grasslands-Climate Workshop.

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Welcome to Hailey Robe!

The NC CASC is excited to welcome a new program assistant, Hailey Robe, to our staff.

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November/December 2022 Newsletter is Available Online

Check out the November/December issue of our newsletter. We strive to update you on NC CASC science, opportunities and events across our region. 

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Upcoming NC CASC webinar

Drought, despite being an episodic phenomenon, is capable of triggering persistent changes to ecosystems, with important consequences for both biodiversity and human communities.

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Summer 2023 GRA

The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) at CU Boulder has an exciting opportunity available for a summer graduate research assistant (GRA) assisting on a regional synthesis of climate change impacts in the North Central mountain ecosystem. The GRA will work with Dr. Meagan Oldfather (USGS) and Dr. Imtiaz Rangwala (CU) to synthesize current literature on the physical and biological (flora and fauna) impacts of climate change, associated potential climate adaption strategies, and anticipated partner needs and challenges for the alpine ecosystem and contiguous treeline ecotone in this region. Read more and apply here.


Cross-Park Resist-Accept-Direct (RAD) Change Project


In a time of climate change, the human element - agency context and rules, as well as emotions and values - influence how resource managers respond to environmental changes. The Cross-Park RAD (resist-accept-direct change) Project aims to increase understanding of how institutional and emotional factors influence manager decision making in the National Park Service in the face of ecological transformation. This project aims to create tailored, actionable products for park managers to support decision making, as well as contribute to emerging theory on the social science of ecological transformation in public land management.  The goal is to use interviews and focus groups to study the culture and policy of individual parks, with case studies including Acadia National Park in Maine, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California, North Cascades National Park in Washington state, and Glacier National Park and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana. 


Heather Yocum and Stefan Tangen, of the North Central CASC, visited with managers at Glacier National Park and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana this past October, to start this important process and collaborate with project partners to co-produce the next steps for the project. “It’s important to remember that environmental changes due to climate change are taking place in the context of ongoing management issues,” explained Heather Yocum. “Climate change is rarely the number one thing that managers are dealing with. The key is trying to understand how climate change and environmental change interact with or exacerbate other challenges.” The number of visitors to national parks increases each year - with Glacier seeing record visitation this past year - and all park staff have to pitch in to help implement a new reservation system to enter the park, stressing personnel and natural resources alike. The recently passed Infrastructure Bill has generated new funding to improve park infrastructure requiring vegetation ecologists and other staff to work with construction crews to reduce the ecological impact of these projects on the park. Additionally, the high cost of housing near the park makes it difficult to hire and retain staff. All of this strains existing staff and resources making it difficult to address the looming threats posed by climate change.  


Both park managers at Glacier and resource managers at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) hope that working on this project will increase collaboration between them. In the past, resource managers at CSKT have worked with park managers to identify important cultural resources and they have collaborated with the US Forest Service to conserve and plant white bark pine, a keystone species of ecological importance. Park managers at Glacier have expressed interest in expanded collaboration with other Tribes, like the Blackfeet who live on the east side of the park, which already have a robust climate change program. “It’s really encouraging when federal resource managers are motivated to work with tribal partners,” added Stefan Tangen. “The reality is that CSKT and Blackfeet have been managing these resources and have been connected to this landscape for a very long time so it only makes sense to involve them in really consequential decisions. The big question is how do we actually do that? Hopefully this project helps figure that out.”  


This winter, the project team will be conducting more interviews with park staff and Tribal members. Stay tuned for more updates from this in-progress 3-year project.

Project Summary