Demonstration Projects

Demonstration projects are real-world examples of how managers have integrated climate considerations into forest management planning and activities. These projects use the partnerships and resources developed through the Framework to test new ideas and actions for responding to changing conditions. Demonstrations come in all shapes and sizes, showing a variety of adaptation actions that also achieve forest management goals.

Demonstration projects help achieve the intent of the Climate Change Response Framework to support “climate smart” conservation and forest management by testing new ideas and actions, building partnerships, and providing information that can feed into future activities. They engage land owners, forest managers, and the science community in discussion of the potential effects of climate change and solutions to those impacts. Demonstration projects are essential in helping land managers to gain experience in working on climate change issues by focusing on a specific location and set of management issues. The broader ideas and lessons learned can later be used to inform management on a broader scale.

A network of demonstration projects is under development. These projects will engage a variety of land owners, forest managers, and other stakeholders by focusing in a particular location. These groups will identify adaptation actions that will enhance the ability of forests in that place to cope with change and sustain ecological functions and key services. Currently, demonstration projects are in development in the Northwoods (link to Northwoods demo page). Additional demonstration projects will be initiated in other areas after vulnerability assessments and adaptation resources are developed.

  • Project Location The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe. The Red Lake Reservation encompasses over 840,000 acres of land and water which spans across eight...

    Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, MN

  • Superior National Forest staff considered climate change effects and possible adaptation actions for a large forest management and fuels reduction project.

     

     

     

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • Superior National Forest staff considered climate change effects and possible adaptation actions for a large forest management project in far northern Minnesota.

    Federal, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Diseases, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • The project planning team for a large vegetation management project on the Superior National Forest used the Adaptation Workbook to assess climate change risk and contemplate adaptation actions.

    Federal, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a collection of 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland along Lake Superior’s south shore. Climate change will affect the Great Lakes region in many ways, and...

    Federal, Northwoods, Start-Up, Demonstration Projects, WI

  • The Hiawatha National Forest is proposing a large vegetation management project in Schoolcraft and Delta Counties, covering approximately 56,000 acres. The primary purpose of the Bass Boot project...

    Federal, Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, MI

  • The primary purpose of the project is to move the project area toward the 2006 Hiawatha Forest Plan Forest-wide and Management Area direction. Specifically, some of the major goals of this project...

    Federal, Northwoods, Planning, MI

  • The County worked with the Sustainable Resources Institute (SRI) and NIACS to consider climate risks and opportunities and brainstorm adaptation actions. They partnered with Michigan Technological University, Wisconsin DNR, and Verso Paper Corporation on a successful application to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund in 2014, which launched the implementation of this project. Planting and soil amendments have been completed, and monitoring is underway.

     

     

    Drought, Northwoods, Stephen, County, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, Upland conifers, Planting, Research, Soil, WI

  • Warren Suchovsky, a logger and private landowner, and Rexx Janowiak, a consulting forester, worked together to consider climate change impacts and design management activities to maintain forest health and productivity into the future. These ideas were incorporated into a new NRCS Forest Management Plan for Warren's property.

    Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, Private, Upland hardwoods, MI, Management plan

  • Although climate change will have dramatic effects on forests over the long term, many natural resource professionals are currently struggling with substantial and immediate challenges associated...

    New England, Planning, Demonstration Projects, MA, Private

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