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ENVS collaborates on tribal climate change initiatives study

This month, the Environmental Studies Program began a collaborative study with the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station on tribal climate change initiatives around the United States.  The project engages University of Oregon graduate students to assist with research and work with a steering committee of regional and national tribal organizations.

Although indigenous groups in the United States contribute little to the causes of climate change, many face disproportionate risks to cultural, economic and social health.  This study will identify the needs Native American tribes have as they respond to climate change, and will provide information and resources tribes can use to increase resiliency.  Kathy Lynn, the project’s director and ENVS Program courtesy faculty, hopes, too, that the study will help build awareness among non-tribal communities, organizations, and agencies about the issues, challenges, and opportunities that tribes face in the context of climate change.

For more information on this project, contact Kathy Lynn at or 541-346-5777.