A Dialogue...Wilderness and Climate Change: Impacts, Challenges, and OpportunitiesOn Thursday, August 13th, 2009 the Interagency Wilderness Policy Council (IWPC) hosted a one-day dialogue in Washington between government and non-governmental professionals to discuss the role of Wilderness in understanding the impacts, challenges, and opportunities presented by climate change. The meeting focused on increasing knowledge related to climate change and its effect on wilderness, identification of policy issues, opportunities for future collaboration and coordination, and priority research needs. Scientists, field managers, and non-profit partners addressed both the impacts of climate change on our National Wilderness Preservation System and the role protected areas can play in adaptation and mitigation. View the Climate Change Dialogue Agenda for this meeting.
The following presentations were made during this meeting and are now available in PDF format.
- The Role of Wilderness in Climate Change Adaptation: A Case Study of the Northern Rockies, Aplet, Greg - Wilderness Society
- Wilderness and Climate Change: Impacts, Challenges, and Opportunities, Brennan, Jean - Defenders of Wildlife
- Climate Change: Implications for Wilderness, Graber, David - NPS PWRO
- Projecting Climate Change Impacts on Species Distributions in the West, Hamilton, Healy - CA Academy of Sciences
- Wilderness in a Changing Climate, Jones, Leslie - Wilderness Society
- On the Ground Management Perspectives Wilderness and Climate Change: Impacts, Challenges, & Opportunities National Wilderness Preservation System, Kimball, Dan - NPS EVER
- Public Lands in Alaska, Miller, Kristen - AK Wilderness League
- Wilderness Lost: Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Nilius, Raye - FWS ACE Basin
- The Cost of Inaction on Climate Change: Changes in Ecosystem Service Value On the Public Lands, Phillips, Spencer - Wilderness Society
- Superior National Forest: Wilderness and Climate Change 2009, Sanders, Jim - USFS Superior National Forest
- Wilderness Challenged: The new era of unprecedented and unpredictable global changes, Stephenson, Nathan - USGS
Listen to a recording of this meeting in MP3 format (179 MB).