Climate Change Education

Mount Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest Climate Change Workshop

On April 28th, NCAP facilitated a climate change education workshop for Mount Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest (MBSNF). The workshop took place at Everett Community College in Everett, WA, and was attended by approximately 80 participants, including representatives from the Forest Service, Seattle City Light, the EPA, tribal partners, and others. The day began with an introduction from MBSNF Forest Supervisor, Rob Iwamoto, on his vision for climate change action, followed by a presentation from Tom DeMeo (USFS PNW Region) on the regional climate change strategy for the Pacific Northwest. Basics of climate change science and expected effects on natural resources in the PNW were presented by several members of the University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group and Forest Service resource managers. Cindy Tencick of MBSNF concluded the day with an update on the current MBSNF response to climate change. This workshop marked the completion of the climate change education phase of the NCAP.

NCAP in NPS Climate Change Response Program News

NCAP was highlighted in the March/April 2011 issue of the Climate Change Response Program News, a publication of the National Park Service Climate Change Response Program.

Mount Rainier National Park Climate Change Workshop

Workshop participantsOn March 2, NCAP facilitated the third climate change education workshop for Mount Rainier National Park. The workshop was attended by 85 people from all divisions of park staff. Similar to the previous two workshops, presentations and interactive panel discussions covered climate change science basics and effects on natural resources. Scientists from the University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group (Nate Mantua and Alan Hamlet) presented the scientific basis for climate change projections and potential effects on aquatic resources and hydrology. Josh Lawler from the University of Washington, School of Forests Resources gave an overview of potential effects of climate change on wildlife and a framework for assessing species sensitivity to climate change. This workshop also covered resource topics with particular importance to management at Mount Rainier. Presenters discussed management challenges associated with climate change effects on geo-hazards, amphibians, archeological resources, and cultural landscapes.

Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest Climate Change Workshop

Marge Hutchison and Nate Mantua head up a panel discussionOn February 23rd, NCAP facilitated a climate change adaptation workshop for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the second in a series of four workshops designed to increase awareness of climate change among the parks and forests participating in NCAP. Speakers presented information on the basics of climate science, future climate scenarios, and expected climate change effects on aquatic resources, roads and infrastructure, wildlife habitat connectivity, vegetation, and ecological disturbance. The OWNF Deputy Forest Supervisor, Clint Kyhl, presented an overview of the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest Restoration Strategy and a review of ecosystem and disturbance changes Lee Carlson speaking at the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF Climate Change Workshopthat have taken place on the forest over the past several decades. Several panel discussions throughout the day provided opportunities for audience interaction with resource managers and scientists within and outside the forest. Participants included 112 attendees mostly from the OWNF but also representatives from the following organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Wilderness Society, Department of Ecology, The Grizzly Bear Outreach Project, Bureau of Land Management, Yakama Nation, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pacific Northwest Research Station, University of Washington, North Cascades National Park, and the Chumstick Coalition.

North Cascades National Park Climate Change Workshop

Workshop presentationOn February 17, NCAP held a climate change education workshop for the North Cascades National Park Complex. The purpose of the workshop was to provide an opportunity to explore and discuss the issue of climate change at North Cascades NP so park employees are better able to apply current science to park management. Over 60 people attended the workshop. Attendees included primarily park staff, but also representatives from the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Seattle City Light, and the North Cascades Institute. Presenters included scientists from the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, resource specialists from North Cascades NP, and research scientists from the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station.

NCAP is a Forest Service - National Park Service collaboration that is using an "all lands" approach to:

  1. Increase awareness of climate change;
  2. Assess the vulnerability of cultural and natural resources; and
  3. Incorporate climate change adaptation into current management of federal lands in the North Cascades region.

NCAP is an Adaptation Partners Project.

US Forest Service       National Park Service       Climate Impacts Group

Our GTR:
Raymond, CL.; Peterson, DL.; Rochefort, RM., eds. 2014. Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the North Cascades region, WA. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-892. Portland, OR: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 279 p.

Partnership produces recommendations for managers to respond to climate change in northern Washington

Fires and floods: North Cascades federal lands prepare for climate change

‘Dismal’ snowpack may be new normal in Northwest by Rob Carson for The News Tribune.