Summary and presentations from 2010 WildLinks conference in Seattle, WA
Building partnerships, connecting habitats, adapting to change
October 26-27, 2010
Talaris Meeting Center, Seattle, WA
Our 2010 WildLinks conference was co-hosted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to provide regional engagement in their North Pacific and Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. Attending the sold-out conference was 110 people, representing a wide diversity of organizations and agencies.
Highlights included presentations on the final Washington statewide habitat connectivity analysis, climate science presentations on anticipated impacts to Northwest wildlife and habitats, recommendations on how to meet the challenges presented by climate change including a presentation by Jim Pojar, a presentation by Douglas Chadwick, author of "The Wolverine Way" (short video intro to the book), and innovative efforts to address the challenges of climate change, including presentations by Freedom to Roam and representatives of the Western Governor's Association's Pilot Project overlapping Washington.
Facilitation of breakout groups was provided by EcoAdapt. Past event agenda
Thank you to our 2010 co-host USFWS and event sponsors, including 444S Foundation, BC Spaces for Nature, Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Defenders of Wildlife, Freedom to Roam, Patagonia, Sierra Club, Sierra Club BC, The Wilderness Society, Vital Ground, Western Environmental Law Center, Wildilfe Conservation Society, and WildSight.
PDF files of presentations made at the event have been made available with permission by presenters. Clicking on the title of the presentation will prompt a download of the PDF file. Some files may be large due to graphics, so make sure your internet connection allows for downloads of large files before beginning.
Anticipating Change: climate predictions and impacts in the Pacific NW
- Josh Lawler, University of Washington. Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest
- Kathy O'Halloran, Olympic National Forest. Olympic Case Study. Climate Change Adaptation: Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park.
- Greg Utzig and Rachel Holt, Kootenay Resilience Project. Climate Change Resilience and Connectivity in the West Kootenays
Incorporating climate science into conservation
- Jim Pojar, ecologist. Presentation for WildLinks 2010 conference.
- Marni Koopman, GEOS Institute. Climate Adapted Conservation Planning.
- Carlos Carroll, Klamath Center for Conservation Research. The Connectivity Analysis Toolkit.
Adapting to change: Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Analysis
- Kelly McAllister, WSDOT and Joanne Schuett-Hames, WDFW. Introduction to the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group
- Andrew Shirk, Independent Researcher. Overview of methodology used in the Washington Statewide Connectivity Analysis.
- Brad McRae, The Nature Conservancy of WA. Interpretation and use of the Washington Statewide Connectivity Analysis.
- Meade Krosby, University of Washington. Looking ahead to analyzing climate change and connectivity.
- Peter Singleton, US Forest Service PNW Research Lab. Initial composite focal species results of the Washington Statewide Connectivity Analysis.
- John Pierce, WDFW. Initial landscape integrity results of the Washington Statewide Habitat Connectivity Analysis.
- Sara Marinello, Blue Heron Strategies. Potential uses of the scientific products from the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group.
Adapting to change: Policy examples from federal, regional, and state level
- Mary Mahaffy, US Fish and Wildlife Service. Rising to the Challenges of Landscape Change.
- Madeleine West, Western Governors Association. Climate Adaptation Policy & Wildlife.
- Lynn Helbrecht, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife. Developing a policy framework for climate change adaptation in Washington.
Innovative approaches to adapting through partnerships: national to local
- Jeffrey Parrish, Freedom to Roam. Multimedia presentation available via video
- Dan Ritzman, Sierra Club. Building Resilient Habitats
- Tim Coleman, Conservation Northwest. Columbia Highlands Initiative: A four part story
- Audrey Hatch, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife. WGA Pilot Project: Mapping Crucial Wildlife Habitat in the Arid Lands of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.
Perspectives and practices from the landscape
- Bob Rosenthal, Trout Unlimited. A Brief Look at What TU is Doing About Climate Change.
- Sue Senger, Conservation Northwest. Grizzly Bridges: Bridging Communities and Habitats.