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Announcements and Upcoming Events

July 2021

Western Drought Webinar

July 20, 2021, 11:00 am MT 

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Historic drought conditions across the western United States continue to rapidly worsen and expand with over 80% of the West now in drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Widespread impacts are being felt. To provide the latest information on drought conditions across the Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest, and the Missouri River Basin, as well as the serious impacts on diverse sectors of the economy, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) is joining with our federal, state, tribal, and local partners to host a drought webinar specifically for western communities.

The webinar will include an update on the current drought situation and outlook, an overview of wildland fire conditions and outlook, and will feature perspectives from those on the ground who are responding to worsening drought conditions. Key discussions will include a summary of past and current conditions in terms of many climate variables like snowpack, temperatures, precipitation, soil moisture, etc.; as well as potential and ongoing impacts from drought across sectors (e.g., agriculture, water resources, recreation, etc.).

Sustainability Programs in Beef Cattle Production Webinar

August 17, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 pm MT

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You are invited to a free webinar on sustainability-centered programs within the beef supply chain. Gain a deeper understanding of how beef supply chains work, hear about current research regarding beef supply chains emanating from the Southwestern US, and learn about incentives for conservation-oriented management in the ranching links of the US beef supply chain. 

Presentations will include supply chain research in the Sustainable Southwest Beef Project; an overview of the Ranch Systems and Viability Planning (RSVP) network of World Wildlife Fund, Walmart Foundation, Cargill, McDonald’s, and a panel of ranchers sharing their own experiences participating in sustainability-centered programs. For more information, please contact Skye Aney.

Come Rain or Shine Podcast

Drought Adaptation & Social Learning

Taking action to manage drought and adapt to changing conditions can sometimes have unintended impacts on the adaptive capacity of others in the same social and ecological system. Jen Henderson, an assistant professor of geography at Texas Tech University, shares about two instances where social learning took place after actors experienced unanticipated impacts from others’ decisions. Jen is a disaster scholar and interdisciplinary social scientist who studies risk and uncertainty amid decision-making processes in weather and climate extremes. Her recent work highlighted in this episode focuses on two cases of drought decisions made along the Arkansas River Basin in Colorado.

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