Webinar: Identifying resilient terrestrial landscapes in the Pacific Northwest
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Time: Sept 9, 2015 2pm Mountain / 1pm Pacific
Presenters: Steve Buttrick, Director of Conservation Science and Ken Popper, Senior Conservation Planner, Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
As the climate changes, species are moving and shifting ranges to stay within their preferred temperature and moisture conditions. How can land managers plan for the conservation of biodiversity at a site when those species might not be there in 50-100 years? Current conservation approaches often focus on predicting where species will move to in the future. This is a reasonable approach but fraught with uncertainty and dependent on a variety of future-climate models. The Nature Conservancy has developed a different, but complementary approach that aims to identify key areas for conservation based on stable land characteristics that increase diversity and resilience, and will not change in a changing climate.
The purpose of this project, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, is to identify the most resilient sites in the Northwest that will collectively and individually best sustain native biodiversity even as the changing climate alters current distribution patterns. The central idea is that by mapping key geophysical features and evaluating them for landscape characteristics that buffer against climate change, we can identify the most resilient places in the landscape in order to guide future conservation investments.
About the presenters:
Steve Buttrick is the Director of Conservation Science and Planning for the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He oversees the Conservancy’s GIS, Monitoring, Planning and Climate Change programs in Oregon. Prior to coming to Oregon, Steve was the Director of Conservation Science for the Conservancy’s Eastern Region. Steven received his Ph.D from the University of British Columbia in vegetation ecology and remote sensing. He has a Master’s degree from the Ohio State University in botany and arctic ecology and a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire.
Ken Popper is the Senior Conservation Planner for the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He worked as a wildlife biologist for the Oregon Natural Heritage Program conducting research and completing inventories on a wide range of fish and wildlife species from 1995-2001. Since coming to the Conservancy in 2001, Ken has focused on producing site plans and ecoregional assessments for the Klamath Mountains, Pacific Coast, and the East and West Cascades ecoregions in the Northwest, as well as writing papers and guidance on how to incorporate climate change into site and regional planning, how to set priorities in the face of an increased demand for siting of renewable energy projects, and assisting state and federal agencies with identifying their conservation priorities. Ken holds a B.S. in wildlife science from Oregon State University, in addition to a degree in communications.