Stephen Handler

Climate Change Specialist
USDA Forest Service
Northern Research Station

Stephen Handler is a climate change specialist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. His role with NIACS is to coordinate climate adaptation efforts across the Upper Midwest, which involves building partnerships, assessing climate change risk, and working with land managers and landowners to develop real-world projects to prepare for change. Stephen was a co-author for the Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu, among many wonderful partners. Stephen moved to Houghton, MI, in 2011 and loves being a Yooper.

Presentation Title: Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad - A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu

Description: The Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu was developed by a diverse group of collaborators representing tribal, academic, intertribal and government entities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan to integrate indigenous and traditional knowledge, culture, language, and history into the climate adaptation planning process. The Menu is an extensive collection of climate change adaptation actions for forest planning, organized into tiers of general and more specific ideas. It also includes a companion Guiding Principles document, which describes detailed considerations for working with tribal communities. Primarily developed for the use of indigenous communities, tribal natural resource agencies, and their non-indigenous partners, the Tribal Climate adaptation Menu may be useful in bridging communication barriers for non-tribal persons or organizations interested in indigenous approaches to climate adaptation and the needs and values of tribal communities.


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