The purpose of this project is to train professional foresters in Washington and Oregon to help woodland owners prepare for and adapt to climate change. So far, the project team has initiated preliminary planning to confirm the project timeline and has begun to notify project partners of the timeline and expected activities and milestones for 2017. The project has also reached out to the advisory group with the project timeline and initial steps.
Project objectives for 2016 were to confirm the project timeline, convene the project advisory group, and begin compiling the draft adaptation library of materials for small woodland owners.
The primary contributions of the project to date are: 1) an increased interest from partners and natural resource professionals to participate in the climate adaptation curriculum and design of content for the management plan templates, and 2) a collaboration with a regional non-profit and local agencies that will showcase a demonstration climate adaptation project in the Puget Trough lowlands and provide additional training of natural resource professionals.
So far, the project team has initiated preliminary planning to confirm the project timeline and has begun to notify project partners of the timeline and expected activities and milestones. In winter 2018, the project team will convene the advisory group to review and complete the adaptation library, template adaptation plans, and training curriculum. In summer 2018, NNRG will begin promotion of workshops and training events planned for autumn 2018 through winter 2019.
NNRG is partnering with the non-profit organization the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, and local agencies Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities to create a climate adaptation forest restoration project in the Puget Trough lowlands. NNRG will be creating the landowner/forest producer and natural resource professional curriculum for this project in the coming years. The partners invited NNRG to contribute to this forest restoration project’s educational components based on their understanding of the work we will be carrying out through EW16-021 – Climate Adaptation Training for Foresters. This opportunity was an unanticipated outcome stemming from this project. NNRG is pleased to further distribute the training materials.