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Forests 2016, 7(11), 268; doi:10.3390/f7110268

Developing and Implementing Climate Change Adaptation Options in Forest Ecosystems: A Case Study in Southwestern Oregon, USA

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School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington, Box 352100, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
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U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 400 N. 34th Street, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
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The Nature Conservancy, 33 North Central Ave, Suite 405, Medford, OR 97501-5939, USA
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Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative, 13401 Highway 66, Ashland, OR 97520, USA
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Pinchot Institute for Conservation, 1400 16th Street Northwest, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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Academic Editors: Carl Beierkuhnlein and Andreas Bolte
Received: 1 September 2016 / Revised: 24 October 2016 / Accepted: 2 November 2016 / Published: 7 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change Impacts on the Dynamics of Forest Ecosystems)
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Climate change will likely have significant effects on forest ecosystems worldwide. In Mediterranean regions, such as that in southwestern Oregon, USA, changes will likely be driven mainly by wildfire and drought. To minimize the negative effects of climate change, resource managers require tools and information to assess climate change vulnerabilities and to develop and implement adaptation actions. We developed an approach to facilitate development and implementation of climate change adaptation options in forest management. This approach, applied in a southwestern Oregon study region, involved establishment of a science–manager partnership, a science-based assessment of forest and woodland vulnerabilities to climate change, climate change education in multiple formats, hands-on development of adaptation options, and application of tools to incorporate climate change in planned projects. Through this approach, we improved local manager understanding of the potential effects of climate change in southwestern Oregon, and enabled evaluation of proposed management activities in the context of climatic stressors. Engaging managers throughout the project increased ownership of the process and outcomes, as well as the applicability of the adaptation options to on-the-ground actions. Science–management partnerships can effectively incorporate evolving science, regardless of the socio-political environment, and facilitate timely progress in adaptation to climate change. View Full-Text
Keywords: adaptation; climate change; resource management; vegetation; vulnerability assessment; southwestern Oregon; Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion adaptation; climate change; resource management; vegetation; vulnerability assessment; southwestern Oregon; Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion
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Halofsky, J.E.; Peterson, D.L.; Metlen, K.L.; Myer, M.G.; Sample, V.A. Developing and Implementing Climate Change Adaptation Options in Forest Ecosystems: A Case Study in Southwestern Oregon, USA. Forests 2016, 7, 268.

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