Project Area

Project Area

Objectives

Synthesize the best available scientific information to assess climate change vulnerability

and develop adaptation strategies in the Oregon Coast Range in order to understand and mitigate potentially adverse effects of climate change on natural resources and ecosystem services

Develop a framework and tools for managers to incorporate the best available science

into assessments, resource management plans, resource monitoring, project design, NEPA analysis, conservation strategies, restoration plans and State Wildlife Action Plan updates

Approach

Establish an effective long-term science-management partnership

involving multiple agencies and stakeholders to assess climate change science and its implications for biophysical and social resources.

Conduct a vulnerability assessment of priority resources and develop associated adaptation strategies

to help build resistance, enhance resilience, and facilitate ecological transitions for the Oregon Coast Range.

  • The assessment will focus on climate trends, water resources, infrastructure, fisheries, wildlife, vegetation and disturbance, recreation, and ecosystem services.
  • The assessment and adaptation strategies will be peer reviewed and published, providing the scientific foundation for operationalizing climate change in planning, ecological restoration, and project management.

Educate and engage

with partners, stakeholders, decision makers, planners, and resource specialists to:

  • Build an enduring partnership to facilitate application of climate-smart management.
  • Provide tools to incorporate and apply adaptation options through assessment, planning, project implementation, and monitoring.

Conduct a workshop

with scientists, land managers, conservation practitioners, and other stakeholders to review the vulnerability assessment, and develop effective adaptation strategies and tactics.

  • Downscale information from the assessment to identify the most significant vulnerabilities to climate change for priority resources in each management unit.
  • Identify adaptation strategies and tactics to reduce resource vulnerabilities. Adaptation strategies and tactics will be linked to corresponding management operation levels at different spatial and temporal scales.

Timeline

Spring 2019

Establish science-management partnership

Determine partners and team members, and resource areas to be covered by the vulnerability assessment

Summer 2019

Process data and develop maps

For hydrology, fish, and vegetation chapters

Fall 2019-Summer 2020

Conduct vulnerability assessment

Clarify priority resources, conduct monthly phone meetings with resource area teams (i.e., water and infrastructure, fisheries, vegetation and disturbance, wildlife, recreation, and ecosystem services)

Fall 2020

Conduct science-management workshop

Present vulnerability assessment, receive feedback on the assessment, and develop adaptation strategies and tactics for each resource area in small work groups

Winter 2020

Finalize vulnerability assessment report

Add description of adaptation options, conduct internal and external peer-review of the report

Spring 2021

Submit GTR for publication

Submit report to the Pacific Northwest Research Station to be published as a general technical report (GTR)