Land and Natural Resources

Climate Change Community of Practice: Funded by a three-year grant from the Administration of Native Americans, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the PRC is creating networks of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers around the topical areas of child welfare, climate change, and tribal governance. In fall 2008, a new interactive website in the area of climate change has been developed; registered users can share information and resources with one another.

Innovations in Rural Forestry: In partnership with the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute, the PRC is working with Native communities to gather data on promising forestry practices in tribal areas undergoing significant social, economic, and environmental change. This project aims to build the capacity of two tribal communities to conduct research and contribute data to national datasets on natural resource projects in rural America. The PRC is currently selecting tribal sites. The final report is slated to be issued in December 2009.

National Rural Assembly: The PRC, along with the Center for Rural Strategies and nine other members of the Assembly’s Steering Committee, are shaping efforts to develop a comprehensive rural policy agenda and network of stakeholders.