CSU Professor to Testify at Senate Committee Hearing on ‘Western Water Crisis’

Courtney Schultz

Courtney Schultz, associate professor of forest and natural resources policy, travels to Washington, D.C., to speak with the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry, and Natural Resources , Nutrition and Forests to discuss the extensive work related to climate change.

A faculty member of the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at the Warner College of Natural Resources, Schultz is one of five national experts scheduled to testify at “The Western Water Crisis” subcommittee hearing on June 7.

Schultz plans to discuss the importance of maintaining resilient forests and farmlands in an age of climate change, detailing UHC’s strengths in climate research, extension and education, as well as share ideas for improving forest management and developing climate research.

Schultz’s research sits at the intersection of science and policy, focusing on policy innovations to support collaborative landscape restoration, effective fire management, and climate change adaptation of US forestlands. She also leads the CSU Climate Adaptation Partnership, a group designed to foster collaborations between CSU researchers and center leaders working on climate adaptation.

The Committee on Agriculture, Food and Forestry works to establish, guide and review agricultural policies. The committee focuses specifically on commodity price and income support, trade, research, food security, nutrition and conservation.

US Senator Michael Bennett, who recently visited the CSU Center for Agricultural Research, Development and Education, is a member of the committee and chair of the subcommittee organizing this hearing.

“Climate change is having tremendous effects in Colorado with increased drought, fires, heat, smoke and other impacts,” Schultz said. “The implications for our state are profound. I am delighted that the senator is hosting this hearing and highlighting some of our outstanding work on these issues at CSU. »

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