Working Across Boundaries, Adapting to Climate Change: Success Stories from Washington State
Presenters: David L. Peterson, University of Washington and Crystal L. Raymond, University of Washington
Summary: Science-management partnerships on federal lands in Washington State are focused on adapting to climate change across large landscapes. Collaborations among the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and other landowners and stakeholders are creating science-based strategies for addressing climate change by:
- educating agencies and stakeholders
- conducting vulnerability assessments
- developing adaptation options and
- implementing adaptation strategies and tactics in operational aspects of management and planning.
Intensive, sustained engagement among participants in these collaborations is a key to effective and timely development of adaptation plans. This process is complete for Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park (0.6 million ha), and is underway for two national forests and two national parks (2.5 million ha) in north-central Washington.