SHAHEEN WELCOMES USDA SELECTION OF DURHAM LOCATION FOR NEW REGIONAL “CLIMATE HUB”

Research facility will help New Hampshire farmers and landowners prepare and respond to economic, environmental threats posed by climate change

February 05, 2014

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed today’s announcement from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that Durham, New Hampshire’s USDA Forest Service Station has been selected as the location for the department’s northeast regional climate hub. The Durham station will be one of seven new hubs throughout the country and will provide region-specific data to farmers, forest landowners, ranchers and rural communities about the impact of climate change on agriculture and forests.

“The selection of Durham as the location for USDA’s northeast region climate hub is welcome news for New Hampshire farmers and landowners,” Shaheen said. “This new hub will provide valuable resources for Granite Staters dealing with the economic and environmental consequences of climate change on their lands and industries.”

The regional hubs will provide localized information on risks associated with climate change such as drought, flooding, invasive species and fires. The hubs will also offer technical assistance including tools and strategies for responding to climate change. Shaheen has been vocal about the need to address climate change and has introduced bipartisan energy efficiency legislation that would save consumers money, create jobs and take the equivalent of 22 million cars off the road by 2030.