Cascades to Coast Landscape Collaborative

The Pacific Northwest is a vast landscape that serves an abundance of wildlife and a rich community of working lands and people. But regional challenges such as invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

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, climate change climate change
Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's climate system and caused change on a global scale.

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and development are changing the landscape and impacting the people and wildlife that depend on it.

The Cascades to Coast Landscape Collaborative was created to bring people together around common regional challenges and work towards achieving functioning, resilient ecosystems and working lands across the coastal Pacific Northwest. A community-grounded partnership, the CCLC is made up of farm and forest owners as well as people from non-governmental organizations, tribes, industry, and federal, state, and local government agencies. Together, partners work collaboratively to develop science-based tools and strategies to make pragmatic decisions about the landscape that serve the cultural, economic, and ecological values of the region.

Science Applications is proud to provide science support to the Cascades to Coast Landscape Collaborative. Learn more about the CCLC here!

Cascades to Coast Landscape Collaborative science-based tools:

Coastal Northwest Landscape Conservation Mapper:

Habitat connectivity in the southwest Washington

With so much going on in the coastal Pacific Northwest, it can be difficult to know where to start when planning for on-the-ground projects. The Coastal Northwest Landscape Conservation Mapper is an interactive web-based tool, designed for decision makers, that provides spatial information on the working lands, habitats, wildlife, and conservation values of the landscape. It was created to serve as a first step towards landscape planning efforts and inspire further conversations with the broad scope of natural and cultural resource policy makers, managers, and stakeholders that work across the region.

Access the Coastal Northwest Landscape Conservation Mapper for your project here.

Conservation Program Explorer:

Cascades to Coast Landscape Collaborative members visit a small forest owners property in the coastal Pacific Northwest

Small forest and agricultural lands make up a large portion of the coastal Pacific Northwest and are important to the region’s culture, economy, and livelihood. Several incentive programs are offered to small forest and agricultural landowners in support of their efforts to engage in best management practices and preserve the viability of their land. However, with such a wide variety of incentive programs out there, it can be difficult for landowners to find the programs that apply to their lands and needs. To provide a solution to this common problem, the CCLC developed the Conservation Program Explorer, a simple web-based tool that allows landowners and others to quickly discover which incentive programs are available based on their geographic location and the type of program they are interested in.

Find incentive programs that apply to your land through the Conservation Program Explorer here.

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Farms and farming systems
Resource management
Tribal lands