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Bridging Boundaries: Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for Resource Managers

This adaptation workshop was held on October 4, 2012 at the YMCA in Estes Park, CO and was co-organized by the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and scientists at Colorado State University and the University of Arizona. Over 40 managers, scientists, academics, and natural resource professionals representing many land management agencies (USFS, NPS, BLM, CO State Forest Service, etc.) and other organizations participated in the workshop.


Boundaries have many different definitions disciplinary, institutional, 'line in the sand', or mental walls. Boundaries can be barriers or opportunities. This workshop focused on opportunities to bridge boundaries and to enhance climate change adaptation in natural resource management. Real world examples were shared where groups have worked together to bring understanding and action to the ground to adapt resource management to climate change.


  1. Recognize boundaries and opportunities to bridge barriers that can impact adaptation efforts
  2. Create opportunities for internalizing adaptation into natural resource management
  3. Identify potential institutional arrangements that can accelerate adaptation.


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  • Koren Nydick, Science Coordinator/Ecologist, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Email

Lessons learned from bridging boundaries: 50 years of the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee

  • Virginia Kelly, Executive Coordinator, Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee, USFS, Email

Managing for Climate Change in the Gunnison Basin: Building Resilience

  • Betsy Neely, Senior Conservation Planner, The Nature Conservancy, Email

Bringing resilience from theory to practice

  • Dennis Ojima, Senior Research Scientist and Professor, Colorado State University, Email

Spring and seep assessments in the Sky Island region: A process of engaging NGOs, resource managers, and academics

  • Louise Misztal, Sky Island Alliance, Email