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Partnership yields options for adapting to climate change on the Olympic Peninsula
Date:1/9/2012

staff officer Kathy O'Halloran, and Catherine Hawkins Hoffman, then Chief of Olympic National Park's Natural Resources Division.

The joint team began the study by conducting assessments of just how sensitive the landscapes within Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park will likely be to the projected effects of climate change. They reviewed the areas' current management activities, then conducted a series of science-management workshops, which served as forums for brainstorming, vetting, and collaborative development of adaptation strategies with the scientists and managers in attendance.

The adaptation options outlined by the study are presented in the new report in tables that summarize current and expected sensitivities to climate change along with the set of recommended adaptation strategies and activities.

In addition to informing management, the case study's processof first evaluating climate change sensitivities, then assessing current management practices and collaboratively developing adaptation optionscan be easily adopted by national forests, national parks, and other federally managed areas.


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Contact: Yasmeen Sands
ysands@fs.fed.us
360-753-7716
USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station
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