Adapting to a Changing Climate

Editor’s Note: I just got back from 5 days in the largest 2C hot spot in the Lower 48. Grand Junction, Colorado is in the middle of a 30,000 square mile region that has warmed as much as 3.5° C (5° F) above pre-industrial levels. The result, in addition to hotter summers and warmer winters, is a reduction in snowpack, and less water for the peach orchards, vineyards, and ranches of the Grand Valley. The area is currently in a twenty year drought.     This region is just one of a number of 2C hot spots in the United States where we are getting a preview of what could happen should global warming exceed 2° C. In all of them, farmers and ranchers are faced with the challenge of adapting to weather extremes and climate change. On Pasture author John Marble ranches in Oregon near one of these growing hot spots, so this month, “The Thinking Grazier,” looks at what John is experiencing and how he is adjusting his grazing management and his operation in both the short and long-term. I hope seeing his example will help you think about how you can work through similar problems, whether you face them now, or in the future. Thinking Like a Plant After a relatively normal winter season (which around here means lots of cool

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  1. Dear Kathy and John, This is precisely why I appreciate you folks so much. Sharing your stories and experiences that can be difficult to talk about, humanizes the decisions you make, for the benefit of others. I wish I could send our rain to ya and ease the incredible pain everyone in the drought areas are facing. However, the “D” word is getting more attention over here in the East as the extremes can rear their ugly head quite quickly. We’re all blessed to have you inspiring the realities of land management. Thank you. GW

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