Forests in the Gorge: Building Resilience in a Changing Climate

Held: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Meeting Materials:

          Summary Meeting Agenda

          Handout overview of forests in the National Scenic Area

          CRGC - Climate Change Action Planning Overview (slides)

          CRGC - Management Plan and Forests (slides)

          Glenn Ahrens - Forests in the Gorge: Building Resilience in a Changing Climate (slides)

          Hilary Lundren - Fire Adapted Communities (slides)

          Jonathan Tallman - Yakama Nation Fuels Management (slides)

          Summary of meeting and discussion questions

          Attendee List

Meeting Audio:

          Time Guide to Audio Recording

          Audio A

          Audio B

Climate Change Action Plan

The Commission is developing its first Climate Change Action Plan, a guide to climate change adaptation and mitigation in the National Scenic Area. 

The Gorge Commission is developing a plan to build climate change resilience for the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreation resources of the National Scenic Area. The Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) will identify specific actions the Commission can take to adapt to a changing climate and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Gorge.

The Commission identified the need for a climate action plan during the Gorge 2020 Management Plan update and included a new Climate Change chapter in the approved Plan.

Staff Reports and Resources

Upcoming presentation to the Commission on October 12, 2021.

September 23, 2021 - Climate Change Action Plan Overview

June 8, 2021 - Progress update on assessing vulnerabilities and setting criteria for prioritizing actions.

March 9, 2021 - Introduction to the climate change action planning process and approach.


For more information, please contact Jessica Olson, Natural Resources Planner.