About This Project

Researchers from the USFS PNW Research Station, University of Washington, and the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center synthesized model projections of changes in vegetation and fire across tribal lands in the PNW. They will demonstrate how these changes will impact economically and culturally important ecosystem services in a series of workshops – the first was on October 12, 2017, in Tacoma, WA and the second will be a webinar on December 19, 2017 at 10am.

Study Area (click to see a large version)

The focus of these workshops is two-fold:

1) Present and discuss the assessment results that identify potential climatic changes to vegetation, fire, and ecosystem services across tribal lands and sacred places throughout the Pacific Northwest

2) Interactively identify and quantify vulnerability and relevant adaptation strategies through hands-on activities.

The primary goal is to start a dialog and give session participants a better understanding of future vegetation change. Using this information together with participant expertise and knowledge will help clarify how these changes may impact important ecosystem services, such as traditional foods, hunting, timber production, non-timber forest resources, ranching quality, agricultural suitability, and cultural resources. Participants will walk out of the room with spatial data, a tangible list of relevant actionable adaptation strategies, and a collaboration of similarly interested individuals.

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

And an agenda for the workshop:
Agenda for Oct 2017 Workshop (77Kb PDF)

Project investigators:
John Kim, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
Michael Case, Case Research, LLC/ University of Washington
Becky Kerns, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station