Establishing specific climate adaptation priority issues to increase knowledge, coordination, and attention towards is important in focusing and directing our partner forum’s work. In doing so, we recognize that there are always high priorities and important topics in addition to what we identify. Issues include ecosystem processes, natural resources, species, and management issues. We envision these lists as an important current focus, and evolving over time to include additional work. This page presents the current priorities of the Cascadia Partner Forum, and conservation goals and targets of the Great Northern and North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.
Cascadia Partner Forum Priorities
Our partner forum selects priority issues by identifying timely topics that are important to practitioners within the Cascades, while informing the regional dialogue and planning for conservation goals and targets of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives that we coordinate with. In our first year (2012-2013), we identified an initial set of 4 priority adaptation issues to focus coordination and information gathering on that has since expanded annually as we are able:
- Ecological connectivity – terrestrial and aquatic
- Conservation Targets from the Great Northern LCC Science Plan present in Cascadia prioritized for coordination and planning: Bull trout, Canada lynx, Grizzly bear, Salmon (including early focus on Sockeye Salmon), and Wolverine.
- Access Management
In addressing these topics we rely on the network of practitioners throughout Cascadia for each priority issue, and our team of Cascadia Partner Forum fellows and interns that lead in synthesizing information and expert opinion into reports.
Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative
The Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative Strategic Conservation Framework establishing four conservation goals followed by a set of conservation targets. These targets are divided by their relevance to three ecotypic areas: Columbia Basin, Rocky Mountain, and Sagebrush Steppe. A Science Plan has been developed at the regional scale that outlines a strategy for conservation planning utilizing conservation goals and targets to strategies, tools, and monitoring.
The Cascadia ecotypic area will be incorporated in future iterations of the framework and science plan development, and we are working with the GNLCC to incorporate Cascadia feedback on all conservation targets present in our landscape.
North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative
The NPLCC Strategy for Science and Traditional Knowledge (2013-2016) outlines guiding principles and priority topics. Those prioritiy topics are:
- Effects of hydrologic regime shifts on rivers, streams, and riparian corridors
- Effects of change in air temperature and precipitation on Forests
- Effects of changes in sea levels and storms on marine shorelines, the nearshore and estuaries
- Effects of the changes in the hydrologic regime on anadromous fish
- Invasive species, diseases, pests and their effects on biological communities
Our focus on ecological connectivity and salmon are helping us address some of these priorities above, while some of the conservation targets of the GNLCC present in Cascadia are dependent on habitat in the NPLCC landscape as well. Therefore we are integrating the entire Cascadia landscape in addressing topics.