Climate Resilience for Washington

"This report assesses our risks and challenges, but more importantly it lays out achievable steps we can take in every corner of the state to make sure we can increase our resilience to sustain our lands, our communities, and our beneficiaries.
                                                                                                             ~ Commissioner Franz


Climate change presents critical challenges for the Washington Department of Natural Resources in fulfilling its mission. DNR is pleased to present this agency-wide climate resilience plan, which highlights actions the agency can take to ensure it is prepared for, and adapting to, climate-related changes. The plan also identifies high-priority opportunities to support coordination, investment, and implementation among DNR and its partners.
Key principles from the plan include the need for proactive preparation and the need to expand collaboration. The resilience plan also includes seven chapters on resource-specific needs and opportunities, including priority responses for DNR’s programs in the following areas: Forest management; Agriculture, Grazing, and Leased Trust Upland Management; Ecosystem Conservation, Natural Areas, and Natural Heritage Programs; Aquatic Resources and Coastal Management; Landslides, Tsunami, Groundwater, and the Washington Geological Survey; Wildfire Management; and Recreation.
In addition, the plan calls out the need for emissions reduction and carbon sequestration and storage in order to reduce the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere consistent with the targets in the Paris Agreement.
Full copy - Climate Resilience plan, February 20, 2020
Overview - Climate Resilience plan, February 20, 2020