Implementing climate-smart resource management across multiple ownerships in southwestern Oregon

This project builds on The Rogue Basin Action Plan for Resilient Watersheds and Forests in a Changing Climate by implementing recommendations from the Action Plan in resource management and planning, linking key vulnerabilities with specific adaptation strategies and tactics on the ground, and linking adaptation with restoration, planning, and resource monitoring programs across multiple land ownerships. Specific management objectives include:

  • Implement restoration projects that integrate climate-smart practices, a proof of concept for southwestern Oregon.
  • Prioritize restoration projects in the Rogue Basin using the Action Plan and other ongoing efforts focused on restoration and adaptation in the region.
  • Mainstream climate-smart thinking in federal planning, thus ensuring effective responses to climate in southwestern Oregon.

The U.S. Forest Service, University of Washington, The Nature Conservancy, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are key partners in the project. We have worked with these partners to develop a fall 2015 webinar series, full-day workshop, and half-day field trip. These events helped to increase understanding of potential climate change impacts in the region and result in adaptation strategies and tactics specific to the joint Forest Service and BLM Applegate Adaptive Management Area. The publication “Developing and Implementing Climate Change Adaptation Options in Forest Ecosystems: A Case Study in Southwestern Oregon” emerged as a result of this project.




Project contacts:

Gwyn Myer (

Dave Peterson (

Jessica Halofsky (



Funding for this project is provided by the nplcc