Northwest CASC Funding Opportunity – Fiscal Year 2019

CSC: Northwest CASC
Name: Funding Opportunity – Fiscal Year 2019
Submission Period: February 20, 2019 12:00 AM MST - March 13, 2019 11:59 PM MDT

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In keeping with its mission, the NW CASC identifies research priorities that are tied closely to the needs of natural resource managers. Proposals developed in response to this funding opportunity should focus on developing knowledge that can be directly applied to specific management challenges, either locally or broadly across landscapes in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Each project should target one or more issues faced by U.S. Department of the Interior bureaus and, when feasible, other federal, state, and/or tribal resource management organizations, generate knowledge to address that challenge, and co-develop scientific products that meet management needs. 

NW CASC Science Priorities

For FY 2019, NW CASC science activities will focus on the following resource management priorities and key science opportunities (as detailed in the NW CASC Science Agenda for 2018-2023):

Topic 1: Management of Aquatic Resources

Climate change is already bringing significant changes to aquatic resources, as rising air temperatures and altered precipitation patterns are leading to water shortages and water temperatures that can be lethal to fish. Sediment loading and nonpoint nutrient pollution can increase in streams as precipitation intensity increases, impacting water quality and aquatic resources. Managing aquatic resources also includes understanding groundwater changes in relation to climate and land use, balancing the management of streamflow for power production with the needs of instream flows and salmonid habitats, and incorporating climate change information into hatchery design and the siting of fish passages and barriers. An important aquatic resource management goal is to prepare for future reductions in natural water availability and minimize impacts to vegetation, fish, wildlife, and infrastructure.

Topic 1 Key Science Opportunities to which proposals should respond:

  1. Identify drought impacts on groundwater recharge, discharge, and storage
  2. Identify and evaluate methods to offset drought impacts to vegetation, fish and wildlife, infrastructure, and other water uses
  3. Describe how aquatic plant and animal communities may change if environmental tolerances for water temperature, water chemistry, and streamflow are exceeded

Topic 2: Management of At-Risk Species and Habitats

“At-risk” species include federally listed threatened or endangered species, species of special or greatest conservation concern (as designated by State fish and wildlife departments), rare species, and species and habitats that are particularly sensitive to climate change and likely to become at-risk in the future.

Topic 2 Key Science Opportunities to which proposals should respond:

  1. Develop and evaluate options for managing and enhancing resilience of sensitive habitats (e.g., aspen stands, wetlands, sagebrush steppe) under altered precipitation, temperature, fire, and land use patterns
  2. Determine trigger points for management of at-risk species and habitats to inform managers when recovery goals and conservation plans need to be modified

Topic 3: Management of Forest Ecosystems

Forest managers understand that climate change will directly and indirectly impact forest plant and animal species through a variety of mechanisms, including more frequent and severe disturbances (e.g., wildfires, droughts, pest outbreaks). What is unclear is how forests will respond to these disturbances: which species will thrive and which will be extirpated? Managers also need information on changes in groundwater and soil moisture, as well as scientific evaluation of adaptive management practices for silviculture activities and to control the spread of tree diseases.

Topic 3 Key Science Opportunities to which proposals should respond:

  1. Improve understanding of how groundwater and soil moisture are related to forest health and how those may be altered with climate change
  2. Identify and evaluate adaptive management approaches for silviculture, such as planting more drought-tolerant species or ecotypes, to reduce mortality risks and growth losses within the harvest land base

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