People & Place

Cascadia is a term that has been used to define many regions that include the Cascade mountain range and surrounding communities. This forum currently defines it as a transboundary region shared between Washington and British Columbia that is centered around the Cascades mountains, while recognizing the need to expand our focus for specific issues and planning efforts to neighboring areas. In Cascadia a wealth of existing organizations, partnerships, universities, and individuals are working throughout Cascadia on a spectrum of climate adaptation issues effecting species, habitats, and people.  Explore this geography and get to know the network of people.


A shared regional climate adaptation strategy for directing independent and collaborative efforts will be critical to ensuring a sustainable and biodiverse Cascadia into the future.  We are working with public, private, and tribal partners to develop a living coordinated regional climate adaptation strategy that increases the efficiency, effectiveness, and cumulative impact of our work. The strategy will be a multi-scale effort aimed at building off of existing work that will provide access to information, spatial priorities, tools to explore options, resources towards implementation of actions.  Learn more and engage in the strategy.

Priority Issues

Within our work to develop a regional climate adaptation strategy, our forum identifies priority issues to focus coordination and information gathering on. The issues reflect unique priorities of the transboundary Cascades ecosystem, while also overlapping  conservation targets in the Great Northern and North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperatives strategic plans.  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.  View and find regional information on these current priorities.


Although there is still work to do, we are fortunate in this transboundary landscape at the wealth of information we have to inform and guide efforts to increase resiliency of our ecological and social communities to climate change.  Resources are available at the broad and fine scale to facilitate climate adaptation in Cascadia.  These include existing climate adaptation plans, workshops, research, funding, policy, tutorials, implementation examples and case studies, webinars, and more.

Take a look at our resources portal to find the information you are looking for, and let us know if you have a resource you’d like to see added.