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Wyoming Considers Climate Change

June 24, 2008.

From the Wyoming Game and Fish Department:

More than 130 biologists, scientists, policy-makers, sportsmen and members of the media came together in Cheyenne on Monday, June 16 to learn more about climate change and how it could potentially affect Wyoming's resources.

The one-day workshop was designed to bring state and federal agencies together to learn more about the climate, resources that could be impacted, potential adaptation and carbon mitigation. The workshop concluded with a panel discussion by state and federal resource managers.

"We know enough information now to start responding to climate change," Wyoming Climatologist Steve Gray told participants. "The debate lies in what do we do - mitigation versus adaptation, the contribution of human activities, the effect of specific events and the uncertainty of regional effects."

Other presenters included Gov. Dave Freudenthal, Dr. Steve Jackson of the University of Wyoming, wildlife biologist Marni Koopman of the U.S. Forest Service and John Corra, director of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

The climate change workshop was sponsored by the U.S. Forest Services, the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Wyoming Departments of Agriculture, Game and Fish, Environmental Quality, State Parks and Cultural Resources, the Office of State Lands and Investments and Wyoming Travel and Tourism.

Copies of the presentations are available to view and download on the Game and Fish Web site at http://gf.state.wy.us/ClimateChangeWorkshop/index.asp.


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