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WA Representative Derek Kilmer Invests in Climate Resilience, Showing Continued Support for the NW CASC

The recently passed FY21 House Interior Appropriations bill includes nearly $63 million to support the national network of Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC), including the Northwest CASC. These investments will allow the CASC network to continue to provide actionable science and research that directly address many of the climate-related challenges unique to different regions of the country. 

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Climate Change Refugia Special Issue: Buying Time for Biodiversity to Adapt in a Changing World

Human-caused climate change will rapidly alter ecosystems in the Northwest and around the world, putting species that inhabit them under severe stress. These sweeping ecological changes will leave little time for species and ecosystems to adapt to new conditions, resulting in extinctions and large-scale ecosystem transformations. 

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A Broader View of Disturbance Refugia in a Changing Climate

Many natural disturbances, like wildfires, which have helped to maintain ecosystem processes and biodiversity in the past, are worsening under climate change and are threatening biodiversity. There is increasing recognition of the role of disturbance refugia — locations disturbed less severely or less frequently than the surrounding landscape — as legacies important to sustaining species under rapid ecological change. 

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Faces of Adaptation: Sean Finn

Sean Finn lives in Boise, Idaho and is a Science Coordinator in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Science Applications Program. Sean’s work mostly involves infusing science into conservation decision-making across large landscapes. 

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Faces of Adaptation: Davia Palmeri

Davia Palmeri is the Conservation Policy Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), representing the agency on the NW CASC Stakeholder Advisory Committee. In her role at ODFW, she helps the Department prepare for and respond to crosscutting conservation issues between its fish and wildlife divisions, including climate change, renewable energy development and conservation funding. 

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