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Call for Public Comment on the Draft Prospectus of the First National Nature Assessment

August 4th, 2023

In coordination with the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) welcomes public comment on the draft prospectus of the First National Nature Assessment (NNA1).

The USGCRP Public Contribution System will accept comments from August 4 – September 18, 2023. All comments must be made via the USGCRP Public Contribution System if they are to be considered. Reviewers can provide comments via this online mechanism. The NNA1 Draft Prospectus is embedded in the public comment section of the USGCRP Public Contribution System, and you may also access it via the Federal Register Notice.

USGCRP is conducting the First National Nature Assessment to assess changes in nature as an aspect of global change. The scope of NNA1 is to assess the status, observed trends, and future projections of America's lands, waters, wildlife, biodiversity, and ecosystems and the benefits they provide, including connections to the economy, public health, equity, climate mitigation and adaptation, and national security.

In developing NNA1, USGCRP will follow the principles of a use-inspired, knowledge-informed assessment, in which the design is driven both by the potential uses of the final products and by science and other forms of knowledge. USGCRP recognizes the importance of lived experiences and acknowledges Indigenous Knowledge as an important form of evidence. Across all phases of NNA1, USGCRP aims to be inclusive, represent diverse perspectives, and create products that are accessible to the widest possible audience.

All comments must be submitted via the USGCRP Public Contribution System by 11:59 pm EDT, Monday, September 18, 2023.

If you have any questions or process concerns, please contact us: