Identifying Resilient Terrestrial Landscapes In The Pacific Northwest

Presenters:

Steve Buttrick and Ken Popper, The Nature Conservancy

Webinar Date: 9/9/2015


This webinar was hosted by the North Pacific, Great Northern, and Great Basin LCCs. Learn more about LCCs at lccnetwork.org

Speakers: Ken Popper & Steve Buttrick of The Nature Conservancy

As the climate changes, species are moving and shifting ranges to stay within their preferred temperature and moisture conditions. How can land managers plan for the conservation of biodiversity at a site when those species might not be there in 50-100 years? Current conservation approaches often focus on predicting where species will move to in the future. This is a reasonable approach but fraught with uncertainty and dependent on a variety of future-climate models. The Nature Conservancy has developed a different, but complementary approach that aims to identify key areas for conservation based on stable land characteristics that increase diversity and resilience, and will not change in a changing climate.

The purpose of this project, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, is to identify the most resilient sites in the Northwest that will collectively and individually best sustain native biodiversity even as the changing climate alters current distribution patterns. The central idea is that by mapping key geophysical features and evaluating them for landscape characteristics that buffer against climate change, we can identify the most resilient places in the landscape in order to guide future conservation investments.