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Informal Seminar on Climate Change and Ecological
Resources in California

You are invited to an informal seminar hosted by the California Energy Commissionís Public Interest Energy Research climate change research program and the California Department of Fish and Game, on the effects of climate change on ecological resources in California.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2008
10 a.m.
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

PLEASE NOTE: If you are planning to attend this meeting, please be aware that there may be traffic congestion and delays due to repair work on Interstate 5 in the downtown Sacramento area. Information on road closures and alternate routes is available at the Fix I-5 website at www.fixi5.com, or call 5-1-1 to receive information in English and Spanish.

This presentation will be webcast via Webex. To attend this meeting online, please go to
Meeting number: 922 376 973
Meeting password: meeting@10
Enter your phone number when prompted to hear the presentation over the phone. You will receive an immediate call-back from Webex letting you know that you have entered the meeting. You will be muted upon entry into the meeting to reduce background noise. If you would like to ask a question, click the ďraise handĒ button and the meeting moderator will un-mute you.

To participate in the meeting by phone only,
please call (866) 469-3239 by 10 a.m.
Passcode: 922 376 973, Attendee Number: 3


A number of ecological changes have already occurred in California over the past century in concert with increases in average temperature and changes in precipitation patterns. Climate change is expected to continue to have a wide range of impacts on Californiaís natural resources and ecosystems. This seminar will provide information on early signs of stress in flora and fauna, predict their response under a range of expected climate scenarios, and discuss ways that land managers can implement effective adaptation to best prepare for these changes. This seminar is open to the public and will provide California citizens and decision makers with the most current research findings on ecological impacts related to climate.


California has an incredibly diverse landscape that ranges from cool, wet forests to hot, dry deserts, from pristine to managed systems, from coastline to mountain ridges. Many of Californiaís varied ecosystems are highly sensitive to changing trends in temperature and precipitation. Currently, spring is beginning earlier, while autumn arrival is being delayed. Change in seasonal timing has serious implications for the life cycles and competitive abilities of numerous species. Earlier spring and autumn bird migration was found in the majority of bird species migrating through and within California. Changing precipitation patterns and soil moisture have altered the suitable range for many species. Many North American flora and fauna have shifted their ranges to the north or to higher elevations. Early spring snowmelts and hotter summers have increased wildfire frequency and conifer mortality in the Sierra Nevada and increased conflicts over water management and allocation. Marine, terrestrial, and freshwater ecosystems alike will face new challenges associated with the synergistic impacts of climate change on existing stressors such as invasive species, fragmentation, urbanization, and wildfire frequency, intensity, and timing. These topics and more will be discussed at this informal seminar.

Public Participation

The Energy Commissionís Public Adviserís Office provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviserís Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to the Media Office, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.

For technical questions on the subject matter, please call Sarah Pittiglio, Energy Analyst at (916) 654-3962, spittigl@energy.state.ca.us.

Date Posted: May 23, 2008

Note: California Energy Commissionís formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

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