The Northwest Climate Science Center is proud to announce funding for 10 new projects in Fiscal Year 2016. In total, these efforts represent a $1.3 million investment to help natural resource managers and cultural stewards adapt to, or lessen the impacts of climate change on species, habitats, and ecosystems. All told, the projects will engage managers from over 30 different tribes, federal and state agencies, and non-profit organizations. A full announcement with summary project descriptions will be released early in October. In the meantime, more information is available here.
Polly Buotte and Jeffrey Hicke, both of the University of Idaho, are lead authors on a new paper in Ecological Applications. Their paper outlines results from a study conducted with support from the NW CSC to better understand the role of climate influences on mountain pine beetle outbreaks in whitebark pine forests. The authors found that future climate conditions will likely favor beetle outbreaks within nearly all current whitebark pine habitat in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by the middle of this century. This finding is important for partners who must decide how and where to employ measures like releasing chemicals to disrupt beetle attacks, planting whitebark pine seedlings, and reintroducing fire. Learn more here.
The NW CSC is proud to announce four new Graduate Fellows- Karie Boone of Colorado State University, Mark Robbins of the University of Michigan and Claire Beveridge and David Diaz of the University of Washington. Boone and Robbins will spend the next year at the University of Idaho’s McCall Outdoor Science School as communications fellows. Beveridge will work with the Watershed Dynamics Research Group, modeling coupled hydrologic and social systems. Diaz will focus on forestry operations, forest-climate modeling, and technology transfer, with the goal of expanding the adoption of ecological forest management, particularly among family forest owners and American Indian tribes.