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.
Staff from the Leopold Institute used the Adaptation Workbook to consider how their on-going restoration work across a large landscape might alright align with climate adaptation, and also developed recommendations for future management ideas.
Staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and management opportunities for a timber sale within a small Wildlife Management Area.
The project planning team for the Shingobee Vegetation Management Project used the Adaptation Workbook in the summer of 2014. The project has passed the formal public comment period and the team has completed the Environmental Assessment for the project. A Decision Notice to proceed with the project was signed in September 2015.
The project planning team for the Noma Vegetation Management Project used the Adaptation Workbook in the summer of 2015. The project has passed the formal public comment period and the team is preparing an Environmental Assessment.
The Chippewa National Forest used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and adaptation actions for a large forest management project. The forest published n Environmental Assessment and final decision for this project in June 2015.