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1 Protecting Natural Resources in the Face of Global Warming Derek Brockbank National Wildlife Federation September 11, 2008

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3 Global Climate Change and the Great Lakes

4 Invasive Species Phragmites Zebra Mussels

5 Declining Water Levels

6 Heavier rainfall  Run-off  Water contamination

7 Hunting and Angling in Michigan ParticipantsExpendituresJobs Angling34,071,000$35.6 Billion1,068,046 Hunting13,034,000$20.6 Billion 575,368 Hunting and Angling in the United States ParticipantsExpendituresJobs Angling1,354,000$838.6 Million21,301 Hunting 754,000$490.3 Million12,144 Source: 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation

8 Unprecedented Threat Needs......An Unprecedented Investment

9 How about $7 billion per year for Natural Resources? Yes, that’s $7,000,000,000 per year. How? Global Warming Legislation.

10 How the Climate Security Act Protects Natural Resources Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decline 2% Annually Provides Funding and Policy Direction for Natural Resource Agencies to Protect and Restore resources threatened from global warming

11 Investment in Natural Resources In the Climate Security Act: Unprecedented Funding for Key Agencies: $137B Through 2030 ($4B to $13B annually) Not Dependent on Annual Appropriations 7 Percent of Total Allowance Value MI DNR

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13 The Natural Resource Title in Climate Security Act 35% - State and territorial fish and wildlife agencies 1% - Tribal fish and wildlife agencies 5% - EPA 5% - Forest Service 5% - Department of the Interior (Cooperative grants programs) 10% - NOAA 10% - Army Corps of Engineers 10% - Land and Water Conservation Fund* 19% - Department of the Interior (Wildlife programs, federal lands and waters under DOI’s jurisdiction) LWCF – 10% or $900 million, whichever is less. If the 10 percent share exceeds $900M, the excess will be distributed pro rata to other agencies using the bill’s allocation formula.

14 New Bills: Rep. John Dingell Chair of Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Lloyd Doggett Ways and Means Committee

15 Looking ahead to New President – will Obama and/or McCain support Natural Resource investment? Bills in House and Senate – who will write them? Regional Bills –Midwestern Governor’s Initiative?

16 Key Challenges in the Campaign to Secure Large-Scale Dedicated Funding  Lack of Awareness and Engagement  Lack of Awareness and Engagement by Key Constituencies  No Consensus  No Consensus on What Adaptation Looks Like (or Costs)  Competition  Competition From Tax Cuts and Consumer Rebates  Competition  Competition From Other Legitimate Claimants Michael Durham

17 Historic Opportunity to Secure Large-Scale Dedicated Funding in Next 2 Years Key Elements of Campaign:  Craft Agenda for New Administration and Congress  Develop Models at State/Regional Levels  Massive Outreach & Engagement  Sophisticated Communications  Reinvent Conservation!


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