Climate change (Call to Action #21, “Revisiting Leopold”) and NPS workforce collaboration and training (Call to Action #31, “Destination Innovation”) were fused in February 2013 with a workshop on cultural resources, climate change, and planning coordinated by the National Park Service’s Denver Service Center, its central planning, design and construction management project office.
The full-day workshop took a three-part approach:
- what climate change means for cultural resources and what we currently know about it;
- tools and approaches to planning for cultural resources in light of climate change; and
- small group discussions to identify knowledge and connection gaps and brainstorm needed tools and next steps.
Presentations included the status of the national-level programming effort from the Cultural Resources and Climate Change Response programs, Native American and Alaska Native experiences and outlooks on climate change, archaeologists working with diverse climate impacts to sites, and a panel on planning and Super Storm Sandy. More than 60 people attended the workshop (approximately 20 percent by webinar link, which reduced costs and carbon footprint), including specialists in many natural resources fields as well as planning and cultural resources. The workshop also followed a full-day workshop on climate change and Intermountain Region of the National Park Service, which provided additional collaboration and cross-training.
A report on the workshop, including presentation materials and the compiled wisdom from the small group discussions, is currently in preparation by the Denver Service Center and is anticipated to be ready in draft form in April 2013. Report and workshop materials will also be available online via the Denver Service Center. Several other regions have expressed interest in holding similar cultural resources and climate change trainings.