Michael Carrier, Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s longtime natural resource policy director, has been appointed to lead the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative – a partnership that will seek out the science needed to respond to climate change and other threats to fish and wildlife.
Covering the Pacific Coast from northern California to Anchorage, the NPLCC is one of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s eight regional landscape conservation cooperatives. The Obama administration launched the co-ops last year to pool government, tribal and non-governmental resources, fill gaps in scientific data and find ways to armor fish and wildlife against the threats of climate change across the landscape.
In announcing Carrier’s appointment, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region Director Robyn Thorson provided a concise list of the climate-change threats his agency is concerned about in the Northwest, and that the co-op will focus on:
- Rising sea levels
- Widespread melting of snow and ice
- Changes in ocean currents and precipitation patterns
- Ocean acidification
- Coastal erosion
- More flooding
- New exotic species invasions
- New disease outbreaks
- Disrupted food webs
- Loss of intact plant communities
- More species extinctions