Forest Service launches online clearinghouse for climate change
in the West
USDA Forest Service,
Western Research Stations
Pacific Northwest - Pacific Southwest - Rocky Mountain
Portland, OR: August 8, 2008
Michael Furniss, (707) 825-2925, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yasmeen Sands, (206) 732-7823, email@example.com (PNW Research
Roland Giller, (510) 559-6327, firstname.lastname@example.org (PSW Research
Dave Tippets, (970) 295-5930, email@example.com (Rocky Mountain
PORTLAND, Ore. August 8, 2008. The U.S.
Forest Service's three western research stations have officially
launched a new online reference site for resource managers and
decisionmakers who need information and tools to address climate
change in planning and project implementation in the West. The
Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a site that connects climate
change information generated by the Forest Service with those who
need it. The site is online at http://www.fs.fed.us/ccrc.
site addresses the oft-cited manager's question, "What
can I do about climate change?", by providing information
on basic climate sciences and by offering materials and support
needed to develop adaptation and mitigation strategies. The site
offers educational information—including basic science modules
that explain climate and climate impacts—as well as decision-support
models, maps and simulations, and toolkits that address common
Forest Service management and planning situations. Regular additions
will be made to the site so that it reflects the state-of-the-science
in climate change research.
" Land managers understand that the climate is changing and
now want to know how best to respond," said Michael Furniss,
a hydrologist and the Web site's designer and lead editor. "Resource
managers and decisionmakers have always faced a wide range of issues
they must consider. A changing climate affects nearly all of these,
often in complex ways."
In addition to a more technical subset of educational resources,
the Web site also features materials—like a primer on climate
change and a growing suite of video lectures—that might be
of interest to nonspecialist audiences, like members of the media
and other interested publics.
The CCRC is a collaborative project of the Pacific Northwest,
Pacific Southwest, and Rocky Mountain Research Stations and the
Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC).
The Stations are three of seven research facilities of the U.S.
Forest Service. The Pacific Northwest Research Station is headquartered
in Portland, Ore., and has 11 laboratories and centers located
in the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific Southwest Research Station
is headquartered in Albany, Calif., and has laboratories and centers
in California and Hawaii. The Rocky Mountain Research Station is
headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., and has 14 laboratories and
centers in the interior West. The WWETAC is a new unit of the Pacific
Northwest Research Station that predicts, detects, and assesses
existing and potential environmental threats to western wildlands.