CCARP

The CCARP Plan is ongoing with no date set for adoption by the Medford City Council at this time.

CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE ROGUE VALLEY

Globally, the world has now reached a point for which it is not possible to avoid the impacts of climate change. As global emissions continue to climb, the most extreme climate change models are now generally accepted as the most likely scenario. In some circumstances they are now considered to be conservative projections. The United States is home to millions of unique biome’s that will all be impacted by climate change differently, making the need to develop adaptation and resiliency plans at the local level exceptionally important. While no plan can comprehensively address all the ways in which climate change will impact the human species and our environments, this plan has focused on four key areas that the City of Medford can strategically invest in to equitably mitigate the effects of climate change. 

Our process for developing the Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Plan is to first identify our city-wide vulnerabilities. Our vulnerabilities report(PDF, 3MB) relies on an existing body of research to identify how natural systems in the Rogue Valley may change, and the corresponding impacts of those changes on the regional economy, built environment, public health, and community. While we are no longer able to stop the effects of climate change, strategically spending to improve resiliency and adaptation can help mitigate the effects of climate change, protecting quality of life. Research to understand our vulnerabilities will be ongoing, as new data becomes available. 

The second part of this plan will identify key strategies for improving resiliency and adaptation. The Medford Planning Department will work closely with the Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Plan Committee and community members to identify and develop climate change solutions. Any meaningful response, while lead by the City of Medford, must be supported by community members and the private sector to succeed. Regional opportunities to partner in addressing concerns related to climate change will be explored and pursued wherever possible. 

To learn more about how specific sectors are being impacted and what actions we can take to improve resiliency, please join us for our CCARP Webinar Series on the fourth Thursday of each month.

CCARP OVERVIEW & TIMELINE

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The Medford Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Plan was initiated in 2019 and is continuing to be developed. The Medford Planning Department is actively meeting with the CCARP Steering Committee of experts to understand our vulnerabilities and opportunities for adaptation. To learn more about how climate change is impacting the Rogue Valley, please read our draft and join us for our webinar series. To receive regular updates on CCARP progress and opportunities for community participation, please email planning@cityofmedford.org. 

MEDFORD VULNERABILITIES REPORT, DRAFT(PDF, 3MB)

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITIES


Our public participation opportunities for this project have concluded with our last webinar series topic, Community and Public Health. If you have any comments or concerns you'd like to share, please email Planning@CityofMedford.org. 

 

WEBINAR RECORDINGS

March 24, 2022 - Natural Systems
  • Ryan Battleson, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Alan Journet, Southern Oregon Climate Action Network 
  • Marty Main, Southern Oregon Forester 
APRIL 28, 2022 - REGIONAL ECONOMY 
  • Guy Tauer, Southern Oregon Regional Economist 
  • Professor Gregory Jones, Climatologist & CEO of Abacela Winery 
May 26, 2022 - Built Environment 

- Download Presenter Slides here. (ZIP, 8MB)

  • Erik Anderson, Pacific Power 
  • Eugene Wier, Freshwater Trust
  • Christopher Brown, Arkitek Design & Architecture 
july 28, 2022 - community & public health 

- Download Presenter Slides here(ZIP, 12MB)

  • Kathy Keesee, Unete 
  • Paris Edwards, ODOT Climate Office
  • Tanya Philips & Jordan Robinson, Jackson County Public Health 
  • Jennifer Horton, DEQ & Aaron Ott, Medford Emergency Management