Safeguarding Our Lands, Waters, and Communities: DNR's Plan for Climate Resilience

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Created: 5/21/2020 -

Abstract

Across the state, we are seeing and feeling impacts related to a changing climate. Wildfire and smoke are threatening the health and welfare of people throughout the state. Orca and salmon runs are in decline. Communities are confronting coastal flooding, water shortages, and drought. As these impacts mount, already highly impacted communities and vulnerable populations will face increasing risks.

At DNR, our first step has been to identify and prioritize the ways in which climate change impacts our mission and responsibilities. For example, we know that our wildland firefighters are facing changes in wildfire behavior that have implications for wildfire preparation and response. Our forests confront the potential for increased damage from insects, pathogens, and drought, and our agricultural lands are facing decreasing water supplies and potential increases in weeds and invasive species. In addition, we are confronting the potential for increased damage to roads and other infrastructure from changes in precipitation, and the challenges of ocean acidification and sea level rise.

This report takes a critical look at what our agency is doing today to address and respond to climate change. It also sets forth DNR’s priority responses for each program and at a statewide level to achieve climate resilience on our lands and for our beneficiaries and communities. For many responses, DNR can take action with our existing resources and authorities. Others will require support from the Legislature and need the expertise of our many partners across the state to achieve the goals. Finally, this plan provides options for supporting communities of Washington State to take critical steps to become more resilient.

This climate resilience plan illustrates the enduring commitment we have as an agency to work alongside partners, scientists, lawmakers, tribes, beneficiaries, communities, and others to achieve climate resilience across our state.

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Organization(s)

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) aims to provide professional, forward-looking stewardship of our state lands, natural resources, and environment, and leadership in creating a sustainable future for the Trusts and all citizens. DNR is a Washington State agency that protects and manages 5.6 million acres of state-owned land that the people of Washington own. Much of this land (3 million acres) is state trust land that provides revenue to help pay for construction of public schools, universities, and other state institutions, and funds services in many counties.

Keywords

Adaptation Phase
Planning
Scale
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Agriculture
Conservation / Restoration
Disaster Risk Management
Forestry
Policy
Tourism / Recreation
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Fire
Landslides
Water supply
Habitat/Biome Type
Coastal
Intertidal
Marine riparian
Supratidal (beach, rocky shore, etc.)
Marine
Subtidal (eelgrass, seagrass, etc.)
Freshwater
Lakes and Ponds
Rivers and Streams
Riparian
Aquatic
Estuarine
Marsh
Mudflat
Wetland
Terrestrial
Forest
Glacier
Grassland
Montane
Savanna
Region
Northwest