NW CASC Connections Newsletter

NW CASC Connections is designed to help keep you — a member of the community working to advance climate adaptation in and beyond the Northwest — in the loop by connecting you to the latest NW CASC science, tools, opportunities and events from across our region. 


February 2021

Did you know that beavers play an important role in climate adaptation and restoring degraded streams? Our February issue dives into a new NW CASC study offering a framework for evaluating the efficacy of beaver-related restoration. We also hear from Jessica Halofsky, director of the USDA Northwest Climate Hub and the US Forest Service Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center. Plus, learn about the tiny, alpine insect in high-mountain streams of the Northwest and the research being done to understand its vulnerability to climate change.

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December 2020

In our December issue, we highlight new NW CASC research showing that in the western US, a drought pattern that alternates between the Northern Rockies and Southwest every few years plays an important role in setting the pace for forest recovery after fire. Also, meet Mike Hudson, Regional Climate Change Coordinator and Fish Biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Plus, learn about NW CASC research focused on understanding how motorized trails in Southwestern Idaho are affecting a special Northwest plant.

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October 2020

Our October issue dives into NW CASC research on tidal forests and how researchers are adapting to challenges conducting research in our current, socially-distant COVID reality. We also introduce the NW CASC’s 2020-21 Research Fellows and Eliza Ghitis, climate change scientist for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and longtime member of the NW CASC’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Plus, find out how a nectar calendar can help an endangered Northwest butterfly adapt to climate change.

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August 2020

This issue focuses on the new Pacific Northwest Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (PNW RISCC) Network, helping natural resource managers and biologists incorporate climate change science into invasive species management. We also look a NW CASC study on how climate change is affecting huckleberry in the Northwest. Plus, meet Coral Avery, Bureau of Indian Affairs Pathways Program Intern working with NW CASC Tribal Liaison Chas Jones for both the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and NW CASC in youth climate programming.

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June 2020

Our June Special Issue features on new science from across the CASC network on climate change refugia, or areas relatively buffered from climate change over time, which can protect species from climate change in the short-term and buy time for species and ecosystems to adapt. We also introduce Sean Finn, Science Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Science Applications Program. Sean’s work involves infusing science into conservation decision-making across large landscapes.

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April 2020

This issue dives into two exciting research projects from the NW CASC — a state-of-the-science synthesis on climate change effects on invasive species in the Northwest and new research on Canada lynx occupancy in Washington. Also, meet Davia Palmeri, the Conservation Policy Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and learn about how she helps the Department prepare for and respond to crosscutting conservation issues between its fish and wildlife divisions.

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February 2020

Our February issue highlights a new NW CASC state-of-the-science synthesis that explores how Northwest forests may respond to the combined effects of climate and fire activity. Meet Ronda Strauch, Seattle City Light’s Climate Change Research and Adaptation Advisor. Plus, learn about the white bark pine. It might be scrubby and misshapen, but this important tree provides critical habitat and food for wildlife and is facing threats under climate change.

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December 2019

This issue looks at a NW CASC state-of-the-science synthesis on ecological drought, or periods of water stress that impact species, habitats, ecosystems and services they provide. This research assesses climate adaptation actions that address ecological drought in priority ecosystems of the Northwest. We also introduce Chas Jones, the NW CASC Tribal Resilience Liaison through the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

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October 2019

Welcome to NW CASC Connections! In our first issue, we explore what drought means for Northwest streams that provide critical habitat for our region’s fish and wildlife. NW CASC-funded researchers developed new streamflow permanence information at regional scales that account for year-to-year variations in climatic conditions. Plus, meet our 2019-2020 Fellows and learn about the special bird that relies on sagebrush-steppe ecosystems in the Northwest.

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