Cascade Forest Conservancy
Climate Change Challenge: Less Water, Worse Drought
Grant Award: $250,00; Year Awarded: 2017
The southern Washington Cascades provide critical habitat for fish and amphibians, many of which have a Threatened designation. The Cascade Forest Conservancy will reintroduce beavers and plant native trees at stream and riparian sites that are under threat from projected hydrological changes including warming water temperatures and decreased channel complexity as a result of climate change. These interventions will create needed climate refugia, increase channel complexity, improve water storage, provide increased spawning habitat, and maintain connectivity for wildlife by expanding floodplains.