About This Project

Researchers from the USFS PNW Research Station, Case Research, LLC, and the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center synthesized model projections of changes in vegetation and fire across tribal lands in the PNW. They  demonstrated how these changes may impact economically and culturally important ecosystem services through a series of conferences and hands-on workshops.

The first conference that they presented this material was the Northwest Climate Conference October 10-11, 2017 in Tacoma, WA (click here for presentation). Following the conference on October 12th, they held a hands-on workshop were they presented more project results and helped tribal participants assess vulnerability and identify relevant adaptation options (click here for agenda). The second conference that they presented at was the Tribal Climate Summit on December 13-14, 2017 at the Tulalip Resort Casino (click here for their poster). Following this conference they will hold a webinar (register here) that presents the project and illustrates how the results can be applied through a case study on huckleberry conservation on December 19, 2017 at 10am.

Study Area (click to see a large version)


The primary goal of this project is to provide data and information on how vegetation and ecosystem services may be impacted by climate change in the future. It is meant to be a starting point for dialog and discussion and to give managers a better understanding of future vegetation change. There were 81 ecosystem services that were included in this study. Broadly they include traditional foods, medicinal plants, animals that are hunted, culturally and economically important tree species, non-timber forest resources, grazing quality, agricultural suitability, and cultural resources.

Below is a link to a one page summary document of the project:
A 1-Page Description of the Project (372Kb PDF)

Presentation from the Northwest Climate Conference, Oct 10-11, 2017, Tacoma, WA:
Case_tribal climate change assessment 11Oct017

The agenda from the Oct 12, 2017 Tacoma workshop:
Agenda for Oct 2017 Workshop (77Kb PDF)

Poster presentation from the Tribal Climate Summit, Dec 13-14, 2017, Tulalip Resort Casino:
Climate Summit poster_1Dec2017

Project investigators:
John Kim, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
*Michael Case, Case Research, LLC (*primary contact: Michael [at] Case-Research.org)
Becky Kerns, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station