Adapting to Climate Change: Managing Federal Lands in a Changing Environment Webinar Series

A series of weekly webinars that led up to the workshop on Monday, Oct. 19th 2015 and a half day applied field trip on Oct. 20th. For the full webinar series and speaker descriptions click here.

Below are the recordings for the webinars. Click on the title to access the recording.

 An Overview of a Changing Climate in the Rogue Basin 16 September 2015 12:00-1:00 PM Gwyn Myer, SOFRC

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Webinar Description: This webinar includes a brief overview of the science of climate change, and then delves into the current trends and projections of climate change occurring in the Rogue Basin. It reviews the findings of the “The Rogue Basin Action Plan for Resilient Forests and Watersheds in a Changing Climate.” This plan covers the current state of the economy, water, and forest sectors; risks and vulnerabilities to those sectors, particularly when considering climate change; impacts to nature’s benefits and functions and how that impacts the community; and steps we can take to reduce those risks.


Forest and Vegetation in the Changing Climate of the Rogue Basin 23 September 2015 12:00-1:00 PM Jessica Halofsky, UWA/USFS and Kerry Metlen, TNC

Webinar Description: Kerry and Jessica’s talk covers potential shifts in vegetation and fire regimes in the Rogue Basin with a changing climate. They discuss different types of vegetation impact models and how to interpret them. They will also give some examples of potential adaptation strategies to increase vegetation resilience in a changing climate.

Effects of Climate Change on Aquatic Resources in the Pacific Northwest 30 September 2015 – 12:00-1:00PM Brian Staab and John Chatel, USFS

Webinar Description: John presents observed and potential climate change effects on aquatic resources in the Pacific Northwest, and he will also share examples from recent vulnerability assessments in the region. Brian presents observed and projected effects of climate change on water resources in the Pacific Northwest, recently developed climate/water resource data products that can be used for vulnerability assessment and landscape analyses, and examples of their applications.

 Restoring Climate Resilient Landscape Facets as a key objective in the Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy 7 October 2015 – 12:00-1:00 PM Kerry Metlen and Steve Buttrick, TNC

Webinar Description: A key climate change adaptation strategy is to reduce forest loss and thereby avoid rapid state changes in landscapes with characteristics that make them more resilient to climate change. In the Mediterranean forests and woodlands of the Rogue Basin, climate change is expected to increase the amount of wildfire and shift the conversation from if fires will burn to how they will burn. Landscapes settings likely to be resilient to climate change tend to have high geophysical diversity and relatively high landscape permeability to migration, making them good locations to focus on treatments intended to maximize biodiversity retention and increased capacity to adapt to climate change. The Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy prioritizes placement of forest restoration and fuel reduction treatments based on five objectives 1) mitigating large wildfire community risk, 2) mitigating local fire community risk, 3) addressing landscape scale ecological departure, 4) protecting existing and promoting future Northern Spotted Owl (NSO) habitat, and 5) promoting fire resistance and resilience in climate resilient landscapes. Strategic placement of mechanical restoration treatments combined with low-mixed severity fire promotes forests that are fire resistant and dominated by large trees of fire tolerant species in appropriate landscape settings while retaining variation in forest density and species composition across the landscape. The goal is a landscape that is both resistant and resilient to fire which facilitates dry-forest adaptation to a changing climate and minimizes undesirable state changes.

Wildlife and habitats in a Changing Environment 14 October 2015 – 12:00-1:00PM Peter Singleton, USFS

Webinar Description: Climate change will interact with other existing and new stressors to affect wildlife populations. Identifying strategies that can maximize species and habitat sustainability, and providing opportunities for species to adapt in a changing environment, will be core challenges for land managers. Anticipated direct and indirect effects of climate change on wildlife populations are summarized and some habitat management principles for climate change adaptation planning are suggested.


We’d like to thank

WCA nplcc

for supporting this webinar series and workshop!