Climate Change

Adapting to Climate Change at Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park

Goat Lake in Buckhorn Wilderness.Climate change presents a major challenge to natural resource managers both because of the magnitude of potential effects of climate change on ecosystem structure, processes, and function, and because of the uncertainty associated with those potential ecological effects.

Land management has been traditionally based on the precept that future environmental conditions will mirror past conditions. Today we can no longer assume that precipitation will fall in the same amounts and during the same time of year as in the past. Changes in temperature and precipitation set the stage for a broad range of other changes: from insect outbreaks and fire frequency, to the range and viability of specific species, both plant and animal.

Red legged frogThis case study provides a place-based example of how agencies and groups can work together to begin adapting new management practices for coming changes (PDF File).

-Halofsky, Jessica E.; Peterson, David L.; O’Halloran, Kathy A.; Hawkins Hoffman, Catherine, eds. 2011. Adapting to climate change at Olympic National Forest and
Olympic National Park. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-844. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 130 p.

Climate Change and Forest Biodiversity: A Vulnerability Assessment and Action Plan for National Forests in Western Washington

Big snags are part of the features of mature old-growth forests.A vulnerability assessment of forest tree species and non-forested habitats to climate change, and proposed practical management actions for Western Washingon.