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Published on Dec 1, 2014
November 20th, 2014 NPLCC Science-Management Webinar. Presenters: Jamie Donatuto, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community & Eric Grossman, USGS.
The overarching goal of the project is to develop overlapping conceptual models of environmental and community health indicators in reference to climate forecasts. The sensitivity of species and habitats to climate will be cross-walked with recently developed Coast Salish community health indicators (e.g. ceremonial use, knowledge exchange, and physiological well-being) in order to demonstrate how Indigenous Knowledge can be used in conjunction with established landscape-level conservation indicators (e.g. shellfish and water-quality) and employed to identify resource management priorities. While results will be unique to study participants, no Indigenous community in the coastal Pacific Northwest is immune to the impending threats of climate change and land-use policies; the methods developed through this proposal will be applicable for other First Nations and Tribes across the region.