Voices of Cascadia: The Next Generation - a video that opened up our 2015 WildLinks conference. Click to play.

Voices of Cascadia: The Next Generation – a video that opened up our 2015 WildLinks conference. Click on image to play.

Our partner forum hosted our annual WildLinks gathering October 28-30, 2015 at Manning Park Resort to bring together the diverse pool of practitioners working throughout Cascadia to create a more resilient landscape for species and ecosystems today and into the future.  The objectives of the meeting were:

  • Sharing information on current and planned adaptation related efforts in the transboundary region to increase coordination and involvement, while providing opportunities to further such efforts;
  • Providing local context and expertise for North Pacific and Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperatives’ regional planning efforts;
  • Providing updates on, and increase coordination of transboundary science planning for conservation targets selected last year by the Cascadia Partner Forum as priority issues: Salmon, Grizzly Bear, and Ecological Connectivity and recent investments in access management planning in Cascadia’s geographic priority areas;
  • Contributing a “Made in Cascadia” perspective to LCC regional science planning for two new priority conservation targets for 2015-2016: Canada lynx and bull trout;
  • Identifying spatial priority areas in Cascadia that are vital for species and ecosystem resilience to climate related changes and broad criteria for building on those priority geographies;
  • Continuing to build a network of practitioners whose work includes climate related adaptation and resilience in the Cascadia region.

We kicked off the event with an opening reception that featured a welcome message from members of the Similkameen Indian Band, comments from two of our event sponsors, and a video to hear from the next generation on why they love the Cascadia landscape and what they want us to know.  The event agenda included time for presentations and workgroups.

The event was made possible by our generous 2015 event sponsors:

Conservation Northwest, Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative, North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Sierra Nevada, Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Each year we build off of the dialogue from the previous year, click here to view the 2014 WildLinks Summary Report.  A report will be prepared in the coming months to summarizes the discussion held this year.