The impacts of climate change will be felt on both a global and local scale. In Whatcom County, Washington, changes in climate and hydrologic regimes will disrupt ecosystems, communities, and key elements of our economy. In response, the Whatcom County community should protect our valuable forest, water, and related natural resources from climate change risks with local, on-the-ground solutions.
In 2010, the Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP), the Cumberland River Compact, and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) came together to create a climate adaptation plan for the community of Whatcom County, Washington. It came about because MFPP recognized the critical need for local community resilience against the impacts of climate change by protecting forest and water resources. This climate adaptation plan for Whatcom County, WA presents the results of a year of community team effort, deep and broad information gathering, critical analysis and thoughtful planning.
In 1990, the Washington State Legislature created the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group(RFEG) Program to involve local communities, citizen volunteers, and landowners in the state's salmon recovery efforts.
As one of the 14 RFEGs, NSEA was organized in 1990 as a coalition of community members and partners who work together for restoration of wild salmon runs in Whatcom County, from the Canadian border to the Skagit Watershed.
NSEA has completed over 120 restoration projects on over 15 miles of local streams. These projects address some of the causes of habitat degradation, including lack of stream side vegetation and livestock access.
This research project will make a significant contribution to understanding the biology and production dynamics of the Great Lakes' Lake Whitefish fishery and improve the ability of Great Lakes fishery managers to adapt their behaviors and regulations to be responsive to the impacts of climate change.
Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast - Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane ProtectionThe Comprehensive Master Plan is the principal means for establishing a clear set of priorities for comprehensive coastal protection in Louisiana. This first report from 2007 presents a series of recommended hurricane protection and coastal restoration measures. Maps and explanations about the measures, as well as a management strategy for implementing them are also provided.