ESSA recently completed a 17 month project – Climate change adaptation planning for northwest Skeena communities – which included engagement with three communities of the Skeena valley, the skills of scientists and sociologists from three universities, leadership from forest industry and support and participation from provincial and federal governments. Our goal was to find ways to encourage climate change adaptation within the communities of the Skeena region. These communities are bordered on the east by landscapes which continue to experience the profound ecological and economic impact of the mountain pine beetle epidemic. On the west they are bordered by the waters of Dixon Entrance and Hecate Strait. Despite the ocean’s moderating influence on climate, the Skeena First Nations and all municipalities are rightly concerned about reducing the risks of similar shocks from climate change; a threat that could compound the region’s existing social and environmental challenges.

A more detailed description of the project, presentations and some of the vegetation modeling results can be found here