Seminar Abstract


Jeremy Littell, David Peterson, and Kathy O'Halloran

Thursday, March 5, 2008

Adaptation to climate change in Olympic National Forest: CCSP SAP 4.4 case study

In this talk, we describe the process and results of an exercise undertaken to identify barriers to and opportunities for adaptation to climate change in Olympic National Forest. We begin with the environmental and scientific contexts of climate change relevant to the Olympic Peninsula, then briefly describe expected climate changes  and their likely impacts on resources pertinent to management goals of Olympic National Forest. We then describe the management and policy environment that defines the framework within which near-term adaptation must occur. The ONF case study is one of three similar case studies written as part of the Synthesis and Assessment Products 4.4 report, "Preliminary review of adaptation options for climate-sensitive ecosystems and resources". We are currently using the lessons learned from this exercise to contribute to the discussion of adaptation in managed ecosystems for both the US Forest Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Speaker bio:

Jeremy Littell is a Research Scientist at the CIG.

Dave Peterson is a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service's Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team and a Professor at the UW College of Forest Resources.

Kathy O'Halloran has been a Natural Resources Staff Officer at Olympic National Forest for 15 years. Prior to that, Kathy held a number of other Forest Service positions throughout the country. Kathy has a BS in wildlife management from Humboldt State University and an MS in biology from Steve F. Austin State University. In 2007, Kathy served on the WA State Preparation/Adaptation Working group to address the issue of climate change, and Kathy currently serves on the Forest Service R6/PNW strategic taskforce for climate change.