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Climate Change, Hydrology, and Access in the North Cascadia Ecosystem
 
November 30 – December 1, 2011   |   Woodland Park Zoo Education Center, Seattle, WA
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Background:

This workshop is one in a series of workshops on climate change vulnerability and adaptation as part of the North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership (NCAP). These resource-specific workshops follow a series of four general climate change education workshops that were held at each of the four Forests and Parks participating in NCAP.

NCAP is developing climate change vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies for four resource areas: (1) fish and fish habitat, (2) vegetation and ecological disturbance, (3) hydrology and access, and (4) wildlife and wildlife habitat.

This is a two-day workshop on climate change effects on hydrology and human access to the national parks and forests. The first day will focus on assessing the vulnerability of roads, trails, and other infrastructure to projected changes in climate and related hydrologic changes. The second day will focus on developing adaptation strategies and examples of tactics to help reduce the vulnerability of these resources to climate change. Results from this workshop will be incorporated into a final report on climate change effects, vulnerabilities, and adaptation plans for the North Cascadia ecosystem, which will be published as a Forest Service General Technical Report in summer 2012.

Objectives:

  1. Identify key sensitivities of roads, trails, and infrastructure to climate and related hydrologic
    changes in the North Cascadia ecosystem.
  2. Review current access management priorities and share management approaches that have
    already considered climate or climate change.
  3. Use the latest scientific information on climate change and projected effects on hydrologic
    regimes to identify adaptation strategies and tactics that can be implemented by the Forests
    and Parks.
  4. Identify opportunities to work with other partners to develop adaptation strategies and tactics
    that cross jurisdictional boundaries in the North Cascadia ecosystem.
Day 1 – Vulnerability Assessment
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and statement of objectives
Crystal Raymond, Research Scientist, USFS PNW Station
9:15 – 9:45 Climate Change and Hydrology Projections for the North Cascadia Region
Alan Hamlet, Research Assistant Professor, University of Washington
9:45 – 10:05 Spatial Variability in Climate Change Effects on Snowpack in the North Cascadia Region
Guilluame Mauger, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
10:05 –10:20 Break
10:20 – 11:15 Panel: Climate Change Effects on Roads, Trails, and Infrastructure.
Glaciers and Aggradation – Sensitive Locations
Jon Reidel, North Cascades National Park [PDF]
Scott Beason, Mount Rainier National Park
[PDF]
Flooding and Storm Water
Ingrid Tohver, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington [PDF]
Impacts of changes in snowpack, flood risk, and landslides
Ronda Strauch, University of Washington [PDF]
Overview of current road, trail, and infrastructure management goals and objectives
It is important to put climate change sensitivities in the context of current management goals and
priorities for access associated with trails, roads, infrastructure, and cultural resources.
11:15 – 11:30 Overview of road, trail, and access management
Jim Ziolkowski (trails), Eric Walkinshaw (roads), Mt. Rainier NP
11:30 – 11:45 Overview of trail, road, and access management
Jack Oelfke, North Cascades, NP
11:45 – 12:00 Overview of trail, road, and access management
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF team
Felix Nishida: Minimum Road Analysis
Gary Paull : [PDF]
12:00 – 12:15 Overview of trail, road, and access management
Marge Hutchinson, Okanogan- Wenatchee NF
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 1:50 FHWA Vulnerability Model – WSDOT Pilot Project
Mark Maurer, WA Dept. Of Transportation
Working Session – Vulnerability Assessment for Hydrology and Access
1:50 – 1:55 Introduction to small group working sessions
Crystal Raymond, Research Scientist, USFS PNW Station
1:55 – 3:00 Small group discussion: climate sensitivities of hydrology and access (roads and
infrastructure, recreation and trails, and cultural resources).
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00 Small group discussion continued.
4:00 – 4:25 Large group discussion of climate sensitivities identified in small groups (5 minutes per group).
4:25 – 4:30 Next steps and wrap up
Crystal Raymond, Research Scientist, USFS PNW Station
Day 2 – Adaptation Planning
9:00 – 9:10 Opening comments and statement of objectives
Crystal Raymond, Research Scientist, USFS PNW Station
9:10 – 9:20 Summary of key points from the vulnerability assessment (Day 1)
Crystal Raymond, Research Scientist, USFS PNW Station
Climate Change Adaptation for Roads, Trails, and Infrastructure
9:20 – 9:40 Overview of Adaptation Principles for Hydrology and Road Management
Alan Hamlet, Research Assistant Professor, University of Washington
9:40 – 10:10 Adaptation Planning for Road Management on Olympic National Forest
Bill Shelmerdine, Forest Engineer, Olympic National Forest
10:10 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 10:50 Climate Change Adaptation in Roadway and Bridge Design
Amit Armstrong, PE, WFLHD, Federal Highway Administration
10:50 – 11:10 Stehekin Valley Road Case Study
Jon Reidel, North Cascades NP
11:10 – 11:30 Road and Bridge Project Case Studies from the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie NF
Felix Nishida, Assistant Forest Engineer, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Claribel Orellana, Civil Engineer, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
11:30 – 1200 Panel discussion and Q&A with morning speakers
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
Working Session – Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Human Access
1:30 – 1:35 Introduce small group working session objectives
Crystal Raymond, Research Scientist, USFS PNW Station
1:35 – 2:45 Small group brainstorming session to identify: (1) adaptation strategies and tactics and (2) opportunities and barriers to implementation
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:30 Small group discussion continued
3:30 – 4:00 Large group discussion on adaptation strategies identified in small groups (5 minutes per group)
4:00 – 4:15 Wrap up and next steps
Dave Peterson, Research Scientist, USFS PNW Station

 

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