Campaign: Changing Climatic Conditions Effects on Landscapes

Managing Environments for Resilience Now and into the Future

While Climate Change is certainly an important issue to plan for, it should not dominate or distract from the conversation on how to manage public lands in the future. Under current climatic conditions, we have mismanaged our forests and prairies. By aggressively suppressing fires and not allowing thinning projects to come to completion, we have allowed particular species to dominate their environments and our forests ...more »

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Campaign: Changing Climatic Conditions Effects on Landscapes

Connecting the dots

With a changing climate, species shifts will occur in the next 20 years with high elevation species declining or disappearing; snowpack has been declining the past 20+ years which will affect water quantity and quality; cold temperature aquatic species, and recreation and tourism. Current vulnerabilities will be exacerbated- fire risk increasing; more extreme floods and droughts. These are well described and modeled in ...more »

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Campaign: Changing Climatic Conditions Effects on Landscapes

Managing for Resilience

The Cohesive Strategy includes a goal for building resilient landscapes in the face of climate change. Perhaps this group can clarify how to set measurable objectives that would lead us to achieving this. We have oriented our fire management goals around restoring fire regimes for decades. Is this still appropriate considering that the climate is shifting? The term "resilience" is so ambiguous that it makes a poor ...more »

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