Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning

The BMAP is currently working on vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning for the Blue Mountains Region. Scientists from the Pacific Northwest Research Station and Oregon State University, Pacific Northwest Region specialists, and national forest resource managers are currently working to assess exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity of three primary resource sectors - hydrology and access, fisheries, and vegetation and disturbance. After the vulnerability assessment is complete mid-2014, workshops with resource managers in the three administrative units will help to identify adaptation options. Workshops will focus on strategies (general approaches) and tactics (on-the-ground actions) for adapting to climate change. Participants will also identify barriers and opportunities for implementing these strategies and tactics into current projects, management plans, partnerships, regulations, or policies. The vulnerability assessment and adaptation options will be described in a Forest Service general technical report.

Webinar: "An overview of climate change impacts on stream flow for the Blue Mountains"

Click to sit in on the recording of this April 14 webinar (uses Adobe Connect -- video starts upon loading).

BMAP Workshop, April 22-24, 2014, La Grande, OR

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Supervisor John Laurence welcomes
participants to the Blue Mountains
Adaptation Partnership workshop.

Becky Kerns and John Kim discuss details of the
vulnerability assessment for vegetation.

Presentations (presenter indicated by *):

Dan Isaak presents the vulnerability
assessment for fisheries.

Workgroup members discuss adaptation options for
the effects of climate change on riparian ecosystems.

Dave Peterson gives a presentation on climate change effects in the Blue Mountains at a
public session in La Grande, OR.