The Great Beyond: US Fish and Wildlife Service unveils climate change plans US Fish and Wildlife Service unveils climate change plans - September 27, 2010 Dealing with complex problems, such as the effects of climate change, requires a collective strategy. At least, thats the wisdom underlying a plan to coordinate conservation efforts between federal, state, and local governments, as well as Native American tribes, environmental organizations, industry, and private landowners released today by the US. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The report, titled Rising to the Urgent Challenge: Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change, is an attempt to address the threat to natural habitat posed by accelerating climate change. We cant face all these challenges from within Fish and Wildlife, said Dan Ashe, deputy director at FWS, at a conference for the reports release. The plan outlines proposals to work interdependently with conservation groups and other agencies to help gather data and assess climate-related impacts. The report identifies three main areas FWS intends to focus on: helping wildlife adapt to the effects of climate change, looking for ways to mitigate greenhouse gasses, and engaging private and public groups to talk about climate change. It may also be part of a continuing effort within the US Department of the Interior (DOI) to reestablish some of the scientific credibility lost during the previous administration. It wasnt long ago you couldnt discuss this in the Interior corridors, said Tom Strickland, the DOIs assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.