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.

  • 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.

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  • Two Minnesota DNR foresters used the Adaptation Workbook to help refine a timber sale in oak-hardwood stand. Many of their intended management actions also will likely have climate adaptation benefits, and they made a few small adjustments to put the stand in a better position to tolerate future climate conditions.

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  • Minnesota DNR staff considered climate change risks and adaptation actions for a unique State Natural Area in northeast Minnesota.

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  • Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources staff used the Adaptation Workbook at a workshop to evaluate adaptation actions that would be suitable for a red pine timber sale in northern Minnesota.

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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