The central Oregon counties of Jefferson, Deschutes, and Crook provide their residents with dramatic contrasts, stunning vistas, and high quality of life. From the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests to the Crooked River National Grasslands, Mount Bachelor to Lake Billy Chinook, and the urban center of Bend to the agricultural lands surrounding Madras, Prineville, and Redmond, central Oregon offers a diversity of settings, experiences, and opportunities for those calling this region home as well as those looking for a place to visit with cultural, recreational, and scenic attractions.
The Saint Johns River drainage basin has experienced significant change over the past century as the basin was altered to make way for agricultural, residential, industrial, and commercial centers. In addition to population growth (seven million people are predicted to live in the basin by 2020; a doubling of 2008 numbers), the basin is expected to experience substantial impacts over coming decades brought on by climate change.
Missoula County is host to a diversity of people, local industries, intact ecosystems, and dramatic scenery. Its rivers and forests provide abundant opportunity for outdoor activities, while the university and downtown Missoula provide culture and entertainment. When people are asked why they live in Missoula County, they often refer to the high quality of life.
Fresno County’s vibrant agricultural economy, scenic slopes of the southern Sierra Nevada range, and dramatic rivers beginning at the highest elevations and extending across the valley floor make the Fresno region a special place. Many future changes are expected, however, and many challenges already affect the quality of life in Fresno County and the surrounding region.
Climate change is a global phenomenon that has the potential for severe local impacts to agriculture, human health, natural resources, infrastructure, emergency response needs, tourism, and many other facets of society. Climate change impacts are expected to exacerbate the vulnerability of certain populations and sectors of society. By identifying and addressing underlying vulnerabilities early, decision makers in San Luis Obispo can increase the resilience of both the community and the resources it depends on to climate change.
The Rogue River Basin, located in southwest Oregon, consists of a diverse array of communities, economies and ecological systems. The Basin’s rich history, beautiful setting, and recreational and employment opportunities attract visitors and residents to the region year-round. Climate change is likely to produce significant new stresses and alterations to water quantity and quality, fish, wildlife, plant life, forests and fire regimes of the Rogue Basin.
While reducing carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions is vital to stabilize the climate in the long term, excess emissions already concentrated in the atmosphere will produce significant changes in the global climate now and throughout the next century. These changes are expected to transform natural systems and pose new stresses on native species in the Upper Willamette River Basin. Changes in the climate and in the Basin’s natural systems will, in turn, modify the way the local economy functions and produce new stresses on infrastructure and buildings, human health, and the quality of life of the people who live in and enjoy the Upper Willamette River Basin.
The Klamath Basin of southern Oregon and northern California is rich in history, culture, and natural resources. This report explores how the local communities and natural resources of the Klamath Basin are expected to be affected by climate change and identifies approaches to preparing for such changes.
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