Formed by practitioners in Washington and British Columbia’s Cascade mountains in the summer of 2012, the Cascadia Partner Forum fosters a network of natural resource practitioners working with the Great Northern and North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperatives to build the adaptive capacity of the landscape and species living within it.
The Cascade mountains are divided at the crest by the current boundaries of the Great Northern and North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, so this forum allows an opportunity to coordinate across these boundaries.
A leadership council meets regularly to keep the forum moving forward. Current members include Bill Gaines (Conservation Science Institute), Denise Joines (Wilburforce Foundation), Andrea Lyons (independent scientist), Greer Maier (Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board), Jack Oeflke (North Cascades National Park), Dave Peterson (PNW Research Lab), Regina Rochefort (North Cascades National Park), Joe Scott (Conservation Northwest), Tory Stevens (BC Parks), Susan Thomas (Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest), Chris Tunnoch (Ministry of Environment), and Cynthia Wilkerson (WA Department of Fish and Wildlife).
“I see a wealth of information being more effectively exchanged across multiple borders/boundaries. The creation of the forum alone has presented numerous opportunities to work with folks and see what types of data is available or what projects are in place.” Andrea Lyons, Partner Forum Pilot Councilmember
The objectives of the partner forum are to:
- To identify and prioritize science and management needs and resources to increase adaptive capacity in the Cascadia landscape;
- Highlight successes and challenges in implementation of adaptation actions;
- Facilitate communication to share ideas and expand implementation of adaptive actions including identification of new approaches;
- Draw attention to this unique landscape.
The forum hosted a workshop in fall 2012 to hear from a diverse array of partners on the ground in this transboundary landscape to shape our formation and early focus priorities, read the General Technical Report from that workshop. Following the workshop we selected priority issues within Cascadia that focused our efforts in 2013, and that we continue to build on today.
We continue to meet annually with our Cascadia network in person each fall through the WildLinks conference, and utilize this website and quarterly enewsletter to share information relevant to adaptation work in Cascadia.