NW CSC Fellow, Ian Breckheimer, is second author on a study recently published in the General Technical Reports of the United States Forest Service. He and his team used 32 years of forest monitoring data from mature and old-growth stands of forests in Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park to characterize the joint effects of climate and competition on tree diameter growth. Overall the group found that individual growth was sensitive to climate in less dense stands where competition among trees was low, but was not sensitive to climate under higher levels of competition. The full technical report is available here.
The Refugia Research Coalition (RRC) is a group of climate, fire and drought experts and resource managers from state and federal agencies, universities, tribes and nongovernmental organizations. It was commissioned by the NW CSC to identify the most important management priorities related to refugia in the Northwest; to synthesize refugia research; and to help identify ways to make refugia science more actionable. The RRC will use a combination of face-to-face meetings, surveys, and innovative outreach efforts to accomplish these goals. The first meeting of the RRC was held in Portland, Oregon on November 21, 2016.
The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) seeks candidates for a brand new position as Tribal Liaison for the NW Climate Science Center (NW CSC). The Tribal Liaison will serve a key role in the delivery of climate change-related services to the tribal community in the NW, consistent with the objectives of the NW CSC Tribal Engagement Strategy. The Tribal Liaison will be responsible for a broad range of issues, including resource vulnerability and climate adaptation actions as they pertain to Native American Tribes. The position will be based in Corvallis, Oregon, and report directly to the NW CSC Director. More details and information on how to apply are available here.