Climate Change in the North Columbia Mountains

  • Start Date: March 10, 2016
  • End Date: March 11, 2016
  • Time: Public talk: March 10, 7pm. Workshop: March 11, 8:30-4pm
  • City: Revelstoke, BC
  • Venue: Revelstoke Community Centre, 600 Campbell Ave
  • Instructor: Greg Utzig & Cindy Pearce
  • Greg Utzig Public talk recorded live & resource summary available

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 Workshop Description

The changing climate is becoming more obvious each year. Recent analyses for the North Columbia Mountains illustrates potential long-term changes for the climate and local ecosystems. Greg Utzig of Kutenai Nature Investigations Inc. described these analyses and explained how these changes might impact forestry, tourism, recreation and other land-based activities. For the purposes of this workshop, the North Columbia mountain area is from Shelter Bay to north of Mica and the Monashees east to the Purcells.

This workshop was comprised of a series of presentations and interactive sessions whereby participants applied new information about climate change in the North Columbia mountain area to their responsibilities and interests. Participants succeeded in:

  • Increasing their understanding of the current climate change projections for the North Columbia region
  • Learning about new potential bio-climate envelope shifts resulting from the projected climate changes
  • Considering how these changes might impact their activities and identify potential adaptations to minimize negative impacts and take advantage of opportunities

The workshop took place at the Revelstoke Community Centre on March 11, 8:30am-4:00pm.

An overview of Climate Disruption and Ecosystems of the Northwest Columbia Mountains is here

Evening Talk

The changing climate is becoming more obvious each year. Recent analyses for the North Columbia Mountains illustrates potential long-term changes for the climate and local ecosystems. Greg Utzig of Kutenai Nature Investigations Inc. will described these analyses and explain how these changes might impact forestry, tourism, recreation and other land-based activities.

Thu, March 10 at 7pm, at the Revelstoke Community Centre.

You can listen to Greg’s talk via this link on the Revelstoke Current

 

Workshop lead by:

greg-utzigGreg Utzig of Kutenai Nature Investigations

Greg Utzig (M.Sc., P.Ag.) is a conservation ecologist and land use planning consultant based in Nelson, British Columbia. He has over 40 years experience in environmental impact assessment, watershed analysis, terrain and vegetation mapping, habitat inventory and modeling, and a wide range of activities related to forest management and biodiversity protection. In recent years, Greg’s focus has shifted to climate change and conservation planning. With other Kootenay researchers he completed a project in 2012 for the BC Future Forest Ecosystems Scientific Council (FFESC). The report examined potential climate change impacts and forest ecosystem resilience in the West Kootenays. Currently he is promoting climate change awareness and developing a strategic conservation plan for the Kootenays that emphasizes ecosystem resilience to climate change. Whenever he can avoid his computer, he spends his time on Kootenay Lake or in the surrounding mountains. Some of his work on climate change and conservation can be found at http://www.westkootenayresilience.org/

 

Cindy-Pearce-logoCindy Pearce of Mountain Labrynth Inc.

Cindy Pearce (R.P.F.) is a natural resource management and rural community facilitator based in Revelstoke, British Columbia. During her 35 year career she has worked on education/training, silviculture, land use planning, community planning and  rural climate change adaptation initiatives. In recent years, Cindy has worked with other researchers and practitioners on the West Kootenay and Kamloops clmate change adaptation projects for the BC Future Forest Ecosystems Scientific Council and a guide for integrating climate change in sustainable forest management  planning for the Canadian Forest Service. She has prepared and piloted a guidebook for climate resilient communties for the Canadian Model Forest Network and was involved with the Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative in the Columbia Basin. Cindy can be reached at cindypearce@telus.net

 

Event Sponsors

CMI extends its since thanks to the following sponsors:

 

rcfc-logo-sm       Stella Jones        Downie-Timber-logo

 

and  Mountain Labrynth Inc.

 

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  • P.O. Box 2568
  • Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0
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