Southern Oregon Climate Smart Working Group

Project Description

The Southern Oregon Climate Smart (SOCS) Working Group was initiated by SOCAN as a collaborative venture and quickly engaged individuals not only from SOCAN but also from the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative (SOFRC), KS Wild, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the Rogue Basin Partnership (RBP).

Climate Smart principles have been developed as a way of assisting natural resource managers to rethink how they manage these resources by applying a procedure that recognizes historical climate conditions no longer apply and entertaining strategies and tactics that are flexible enough to succeed in the very different yet unknowable future climate.  

Project Leader

Charisse Sydoriak; SOCAN Representatives: Gary Clarida and Alan Journet. SOCS is a narrowly focused group of professionals and conservationists with substantial relevant experience. For more information, contact Gary Clarida.


The goal of SOCS is to encourage the public, representatives, and regional resource managers to appreciate the need for a change in management protocols consequent upon the changing climate, and assist them in adjusting to the new paradigm.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

Our natural and working lands are critical elements of the climate solution since management practices both result in greenhouse gas emissions and can increase or decrease the carbon sequestration capacity of these lands.  Climate Smart management not only promotes adaptation of our ecosystems to future climatic conditions, but also seeks to reduce their contribution to the greenhouse gas emissions problem. 

Background Information

Climate change poses a challenge to natural resource managers in that the result is future climatic conditions that are both unknown and will be very different from the historic conditions in existence as our natural systems developed their current composition and function.  The result is that the success of management protocols employed for decades that have been based on the assumption of a climatic future resembling the past, and which seek restoration of natural communities to some historic composition, will inevitably be compromised. We need a change in the paradigm that guides natural resource management. Climate Smart Principles represent such a shift.