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.

  • Staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and management opportunities for a large Wildlife Management Area.

    Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, State, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Upland hardwoods, MN, Wildlife habitat

  • Matt Watkeys, a forester for the Marquette Conservation District, completed the Adaptation Workbook for his own family camp.

    Assisted migration, Northwoods, Stephen, Flooding, Action, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, Private, Upland hardwoods, MI, Planting, Water resources

  • NIACS worked with a consulting forester to review climate change impacts and potential adaptation actions for a large, forested park in an urban landscape.

    Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Municipal, Diseases, Urban, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, MN, Recreation

  • Wisconsin DNR foresters are planning the Bird Creek Timber Sale to promote oak and aspen forests within the White River Fishery Area, and they have evaluated the timber sale plans using the Adaptation Workbook.

    Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, State, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Upland hardwoods, Water resources, WI

  • An interdisciplinary project planning team on the Washburn Ranger District of the Chequamegon-Nicollet National Forest is thinking about climate change risks and adaptation opportunities for a large vegetation management project.

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Early-successional habitat, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland hardwoods, WI

  • Staff from the Chequamegon-Nicolett National Forest used the Adaptation Workbook in the winter of 2015. The rest of the project planning team contributed additional ideas and refined the Proposed Action for the project (available below), which was released in July 2016 for a formal public comment period. There were not any formal objections to the project, and the National Forest is responding to public comments and completing their Environmental Analysis for a final decision in the winter of 2016-2017.

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Upland hardwoods, Regeneration, WI

  • Staff from the Wisconsin DNR completed the Adaptation Workbook for a 500-acre State Natural Area at the headwaters of the Bad River in northern Wisconsin.

    Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, State, Action, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, Refugia, WI

  • Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources staff completed the Adaptation Workbook at a workshop in 2015, and specifically considered the climate change risks and adaptation possibilities for floodplain forest restoration in southeastern Minnesota.

    Northwoods, Stephen, Flooding, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, MN, Planting, Restoration

  • Staff from the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi used the Adaptation Workbook at a workshop in 2016, and they will continue to refine their ideas for implementation over the coming year.

    Assisted migration, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, MI, Planting, Refugia

  • Staff from the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) used the Adaptation Workbook at a 2015 workshop to consider climate change risks and adaptation actions for a 57-acre northern hardwoods stand in northeastern Minnesota. The stand has been harvested and planted with a mix of climate-adapted species, and monitoring continues.

    Assisted migration, Northwoods, Stephen, State, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, Upland hardwoods, MN, Planting, Research

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