Rad◦i◦cle Mt. Hood & Climate Change: Ecology and Policy

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The natural cycles of the forest – which are already compromised from a century of commercially-driven management – are becoming unpredictable. Climate changes will likely exacerbate existing trends in ecosystem degradation by affecting key processes such as stream temperature, surface flows, groundwater and floodplain connectivity, landslide rates, fuels, fire, invasive species, and post-disturbance human responses, to name but a few. However, wise management choices could increase the forest's natural ability to pull CO2 out of the atmosphere and potentially mitigate some of the worst impacts of climate change.
The Forest Service has studied the impacts of climate on PNW forests extensively for two decades, finding that our National Forests sequester and store vast amounts of carbon, provide climate refugia habitat, regulate stream temperatures, drinking water availability and quality, and mitigate extreme drought and flood events. Yet, even for the National Forests of the PNW, which have some of the highest carbon-storing capacity in the world, management priorities have not changed to incorporate these findings, and activities on the ground are not designed to respond to climate change.
This presentation will cover the best available climate studies related to the forests, waters, and wildlife of Mt. Hood and the opportunities available for the public to push for new management priorities from the local to the federal level.

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hiker with a backpack heading up a knoll of a recently burned forest, against clear blue sky