Adapting to Climate Change in the Olympic National Forest

Describes a research-management partnership for adapting to climate change between the Olympic National Forest, Pacific Northwest Research Station and University of Washington.


Kathy O'Halloran and Dave Peterson


Producer - Michael Furniss
Technical production - Jeffrey Guntle

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Dave Peterson discusses the research-management partnership that was developed for climate change adaptation on the Olympic National Forest. Possible impacts of climate change on the forest include less snow, altered streamflow and increased water loss, more area burned, altered growth and survival for certain tree species, increased risk of flooding and sustained wet weather, stress on fishes due to warmer water and flow changes, and increased maintenance costs for recreation. The presenter covers different management tools and adaptation responses to some of these projected impacts; for example, prioritizing treatments, matching engineering to expected future conditions, increasing landscape diversity, maintaining biological diversity, and considering different planting guidelines.

You should gain an understanding of:

Adaptation on a restoration forest with no timber production.

Current management and policies that limit adaptive capacity and how limitations can be overcome.