Table 7. Judgments of forest practitioners on the importance of adaptation options to conserve and maintain soil and water resources in forest ecosystems in the Champagne and Aishihik Traditional Territory for each of three scenarios: “current climate conditions,” “low scenario of future climate change by the 2050s,” and “high scenario of future climate change by the 2050s.” Scale of 1 to 10 (0 = no importance, 1 = low importance, 10 = high importance) or don’t know. Results shown are the average rank and standard deviation (s.d.) of participants who provided a ranking. The percentage of participants who agree or strongly agree with the statement “this management option is currently being practiced in the Yukon” is also provided. Adaptation options in bold are considered to be “no-regrets” (option is ranked 7 or higher across range of scenarios).


Adaptation Option Current Practice Current
Importance
Importance Considering Projected Change 2050s
Low Scenario High Scenario
(%) Average Rank
(s.d.)
Average Rank
(s.d.)
Average Rank
(s.d.)
Minimize soil disturbance through low-impact harvesting activities 70 6.9 (2.8) 7.5 (2.7) 7.8 (2.9)
Minimize density of permanent road network to maximize productive forest area and forest sinks 63 7.1 (2.8) 7.4 (2.7) 7.7 (2.8)
Deactivate and rehabilitate roads to maximize productive forest area and forest sinks 56 7.3 (2.5) 7.6 (2.4) 7.7 (2.4)
Limit harvesting operations to the winter in order to minimize road construction and soil disturbance 80 6.8 (2.6) 7.1 (2.6) 7.3 (2.9)
Avoid constructing roads in landslide-prone terrain where increased precipitation and melting of permafrost may increase the hazard of slope failure 77 7.7 (2.6) 8.2 (2.5) 8.5 (2.4)
Maintain, decommission, and rehabilitate roads to minimize sediment runoff due to increased precipitation and melting of permafrost 53 7.8 (2.2) 8.2 (2.1) 8.4 (2.0)
Mitigating the impacts on infrastructure, fish, and potable water of changes in the timing of peak flow and volume in streams resulting from more/earlier snow melt 23 6.8 (2.7) 7.5 (2.4) 8.3 (2.4)