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 Village of Hazel Crest is a suburban community of approximately 14,000 residents located south of the City of Chicago. The North and South Sections of the Hazel Crest Open Lands were laid out...

    Urban, Action, IL, Demonstration Projects, Municipal, Chicago

  • Audubon Vermont and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation developed the innovative Foresters for the Birds project, which works to maintain working forests and bird habitat by...

    New England, Planning, VT

  • Providence Water is managing forests to be better-adapted to future conditions, which includes experimenting with planting tree species from farther south on a number of sites.

    Drought, Maria, New England, Action, Insect pests, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Municipal, Upland hardwoods, Planting, Regeneration, RI, Water resources, Forest threats

  • The Blackwell Ridge Project proposes to use an ecosystems management approach to enhance natural vegetative communities. The approach includes vegetation management methods such as timber harvest to...

    Central Hardwoods, Federal, Planning, MO

  • The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, located in east-central Wisconsin, manages over 20,000 acres of forestland.  Tribal forestry staff members recently attended a Forest Adaptation...

    Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, WI

  • Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources is currently developing a Long-Range Management Plan for the lands which make up 15,510 acres of the Worcester Range Management Unit.  Those lands include C.C...

    New England, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, VT

  • The Lambert Run Strip abandoned coal mine lands were mined in the 1970s and bought by the U.S. Forest Service in the 1980s as a portion of the 40,745-acre Mower Tract acquisition. Rehabilitation...

    Central Appalachians, Federal, Action, Demonstration Projects, WV

  • L-A-D  Foundation’s Pioneer Forest and the National Park Service’s Ozark National Scenic Riverways are working together to enhance the adaptive capacity of Ozark woodland and glade ecosystems....

    Central Hardwoods, Federal, Action, Demonstration Projects, NGO, Private, MO

  • The Middle Blue River Watershed is located in Kansas City, MO and covers an area of 13,500 acres. It is one of eleven locations in the nation’s Urban Waters Federal Partnership. The Kansas City...

    Federal, Urban, Planning, State, County, Demonstration Projects, Municipal, NGO, Private, MO

  • The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages more than 4 million acres of forestland across the state. This ownership includes a diverse array of forest types, as well as several...

    Northwoods, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, MI

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