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.

  • Okemo State Forest, 8,000 acres in the green mountains of Vermont just west of Ludlow Village, is in in the first stage of planning for an updated 20- year Long-Range Management Plan. This plan...

    New England, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, VT

  • The Eau Claire County Forest in northern Wisconsin covers 52,000 acres, one of the largest county forests in the state. It is managed through a partnership between the county and the Wisconsin...

    Northwoods, Planning, State, County, Demonstration Projects, WI

  • Climate change is generally expected to increase opportunities for non-native and invasive species to thrive in Northwoods forests, but these impacts are hard to predict with certainty and they...

    Federal, Northwoods, Action, Demonstration Projects, WI

  • Contact: Leslie Brandt

    The Fremont and Pineknot East project is part of a collaborative landscape restoration project known as the Missouri Pine-Oak Woodland Restoration Project (MoPWR)....

    Central Hardwoods, Federal, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, NGO, Private, MO

  • More than two-thirds of Vermont’s forest land is privately owned, making it important to reach out to individual and family forest owners about the potential effects of climate change on their...

    New England, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Private, VT

  • Organized in the late 1970’s, Gracie & Harrigan Consulting Foresters, Inc. uses science-based forest management to serve more than 750 woodland owners, including families, major corporations,...

    Mid-Atlantic, Action, Demonstration Projects, Private, NJ

  • Warmer, shorter winters are reducing the winter logging season, and over time, it is likely that more logging will need to occur in the summer under less favorable conditions. The Vermont Land Trust harvested one area in summer to better understand how warmer winter conditions could affect logging operations and costs.

    Northern hardwood forests containing sugar maple, yellow birch, beech, and other tree species are common across Vermont’s landscape. These forests are also important to local economies because...

    Maria, New England, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, NGO, Infrastructure, Upland hardwoods, VT

  • Sugar maple is a important species for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), both economically and culturally. KBIC is pursuing this adaptation project to demonstrate a proactive approach to...

    Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, MI

  • Engaged in sustainable forest management practices for more than 60 years, Pioneer Forest continues efforts to enhance the adaptive capacity of its Ozark woodland ecosystems.

    Contact:...

    Central Hardwoods, Action, Demonstration Projects, Private, MO

  • Expansive forests of large maple, oak, and birch trees are prized across the Northwoods for many reasons, including their beauty, their diversity, and their ability to provide valuable wood. Unfortunately, forests pests and disease pose increasingly large threats for these and other forests in the region. On the Menominee Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin, foresters are working to respond to oak wilt and other threats, while also creating forests that will be better adapted to future conditions.

    Assisted migration, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Insect pests, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Diseases, Tribal, Upland hardwoods, Planting, WI

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