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Open-File Report 2014–1178

Prepared in cooperation with the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Resource Manager Information Needs Regarding Hydrologic Regime Shifts for the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative

By Andrea Woodward and Karen Jenni

Abstract

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) are a network of 22 public-private partnerships, defined by ecoregion, that share and provide science to ensure the sustainability of land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources in North America. LCCs were established by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) in recognition of the fact that response to climate change must be coordinated on a landscape-level basis because important resources, ecosystem processes, and resource management challenges extend beyond most of the boundaries considered in current natural resource management.

The North Pacific LCC (NPLCC) covers the range of the Pacific coastal temperate rainforest, including an area of 528,360 km2 spanning 22 degrees of latitude from the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, to Bodega Bay, California. The coverage area includes parts of four States, two Canadian provinces, and more than 100 Tribes and First Nation language groups. It extends from alpine areas at the crest of coastal mountains across subalpine, montane, and lowland forests to the nearshore marine environment. This wide range of latitudes and elevation zones; terrestrial, freshwater, and marine habitats; and complex jurisdictional boundaries hosts a diversity of natural resources and their corresponding management issues are equally diverse.

As evidenced by the Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (S-TEK) Strategy guiding principles, identifying and responding to the needs of resource managers is key to the success of the NPLCC. To help achieve this goal of the NPLCC, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has organized several workshops with resource managers and resource scientists to identify management information needs relevant to the priority topics identified in the S-TEK Strategy. Here, we detail the results from a first workshop to address the effects of changes in hydrologic regime on rivers, streams, and riparian corridors. The workshop focused on a subset of the full NPLCC geography and was structured to answer the following questions:

  • What are the valued resources and services that may be affected by hydrologic regime changes in the region?
  • What are the management goals for those resources?
  • How is climate change anticipated to affect valued resources and goals?
  • What adaptation strategies may managers use in response to anticipated changes in resources due to climate-related hydrologic change?
  • What information is needed to inform and use management responses?

First posted August 25, 2014

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Suggested citation:

Woodward, Andrea, and Jenni, Karen, 2014, Resource manager information needs regarding hydrologic regime shifts for the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1178, 28 p., https://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141178.

ISSN 2331-1258 (online)



Contents

Chapter 1. Background

Chapter 2. Hydrologic Regime Shift Workshop

Acknowledgments

References Cited

Appendix A. Hydrology Workshop Participants

Appendix B. Hydrology Workshop Agenda


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