Climate change is expected to have many social, economic, and ecological repercussions for Washington state. Through an executive order, six state agencies have formed a working group to develop a adaptation strategy by December 2011. In addition to creating an adaptation plan, this effort will coordinate the management activities of major state agencies in addressing climate change.
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Conservation / Restoration
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Land Use Planning
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Climate change presents an uncertain future with potentially high costs for Missoula County in western Montana. The area's economy and high quality of life that draw and keep people in the region could be in jeopardy due to changes in average temperature, stream flows, and precipitation.
The High Divide region links together core protected areas in Montana and Idaho and is an important migration corridor for big game, grizzly bears, and other carnivores. To help maintain critical linkage areas in the region, the Craighead Institute is working on a set of conservation planning tools intended to guide wildlife-friendly land use and development.
The Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group (WWHCWG) is developing a plan that will identify opportunities and priorities for conserving and restoring wildlife habitat connectivity throughout Washington State.