Summary

Our executive summary deck draws from the six PowerPoint presentations that cover biodiversity, climate change, land use, politics, water, and wildfires. Download links for the summary are below.

Key points

  1. Human footprint: Despite the prevalence of public land, many of the West’s iconic and least disturbed landscapes are vulnerable to human activities, putting biodiversity and wilderness values at risk.
  2. Land use: Population growth is a key driver, but agriculture uses most of the West’s water and has a bigger footprint than cities and suburbs
  3. Water: Growth and climate change are compounding the water crisis by increasing demands and jeopardizing supplies, but water quality is generally better out West than back East.
  4. Biodiversity: Habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change are the top threats to the West’s rich array of species and ecosystems.
  5. Wildfires: Climate change and the legacy of fire suppression will continue to make the wildfire season longer, costlier, and more destructive
  6. Public opinion: Americans—and Westerners in particular—often support environmentalists’ goals, but hostility toward the movement may be growing.
  7. Funding: Budgets for federal environmental agencies are relatively steady and conservation ballot measures usually pass, but considerably fewer have been put to voters during the economic downturn.

Downloads

Download Slides: EcoWest Executive SummaryDownload Slides: EcoWest Executive Summary (38.52 MB pptx)
Download Slides (Narrated): EcoWest Executive SummaryDownload Slides (Narrated): EcoWest Executive Summary (52.23 MB pptx)
Download PDF: EcoWest Executive SummaryDownload PDF: EcoWest Executive Summary (10.22 MB pdf)
Download PDF with Notes: EcoWest Executive SummaryDownload PDF with Notes: EcoWest Executive Summary (12.35 MB pdf)