A facilitated discussion of what climate trends are being experienced locally is featured in the upcoming Eastern Oregon Forum.
In addition, panelists will explore the impacts and opportunities related to the Blue Mountain uplands, forests and local agriculture during “Climate Change: Impacts to the Mid-Columbia Basin.”
The forum is Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Science & Technology Building room ST-200 at Blue Mountain Community College, 2411 N.W. Carden Ave., Pendleton. Tickets are $6 at the door and students are admitted free.
Jeff Blackwood of the Umatilla County Climate Change Focus Group will introduce the speakers and facilitate the panel discussion and question and answer session. Blackwood is a retired forest supervisor on the Umatilla National Forest.
The speakers include Mary C. Wister, science and operations officer at the National Weather Service in Pendleton; David Powell, retired forest silviculturist and climate change coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service; and Chad Kruger, director of the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The March 10 Eastern Oregon Forum will focus on climate change impacts to water, fish, wildlife and public health.
The Eastern Oregon Forum is a collaborative effort among leaders from Blue Mountain Community College, InterMountain Education Service District, the East Oregonian, American Association of University Women and Harriet Isom, former United States ambassador.
For more information, call Karen Parker at 541-966-3177.