Medford council’s climate-action plan warns of sudden population gain — or loss

A unanimous Medford City Council Thursday night approved a long-range climate plan that could help soften the blow of an increasingly hotter, drier region.

One of the more stark warnings in the plan, however, is: “The City of Medford should plan for two scenarios: sudden population growth and sudden population loss.”

The population loss could be the result of another Almeda-type fire, and the population increase could result from a fire that destroys a town in, say, California, prompting a mass migration to Southern Oregon.

The “Climate Adaption and Resilience Plan: Goals and Actions” will continue to evolve, and the city hopes to secure federal grants to help deal with various climate-related issues.
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