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.

  • Although climate change will have dramatic effects on forests over the long term, many natural resource professionals are currently struggling with substantial and immediate challenges associated with invasive plant and insect species. For the Greater Worcester Land Trust, these issues are particularly salient.

    Although climate change will have dramatic effects on forests over the long term, many natural resource professionals are currently struggling with substantial and immediate challenges associated...

    Maria, New England, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, MA, Private

  • The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is implementing adaptation actions to change forest cover types and add a diversity of hard and soft mast species for wildlife at a large State Game Area.

    Northwoods, Stephen, State, Action, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Savanna/ open woodland, MI, Wildlife habitat

  • Cloquet Forestry Center foresters used the Adaptation Workbook to devise several actions to diversify a 70-90 year-old, 12-acre red pine stand near the northern border of the CFC land base (Stand 57).

    Assisted migration, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, Plantations, Upland conifers, Private, MN, Planting

  • St. Louis County is Minnesota’s largest county, and their Land and Minerals Department manages more than 900,000 acres of tax forfeit land across the county. Much of this land base is forested and used for timber production and public access for hunting, fishing, camping, and other recreational uses. St. Louis County maintains dual certification under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standard and the ISO-14001 Environmental Management System standard.

    St. Louis County is Minnesota’s largest county, and their Land and Minerals Department manages more than 900,000 acres of tax forfeit land across the county. Much of this land base is forested and...

    Leslie, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Action, County, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, MN

  • MTU staff completed the Adaptation Workbook at a Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices workshop in June 2015. This management unit with the MTU School Forest is up for review in 2016, so a larger committee of MTU faculty and staff will be discussing management options for the Piney Woods stand. This committee will strive to balance the goals related to research, education, ecological sustainability, and economics.

    The Michigan Technological University (MTU) Research Forest covers more than 5,500 acres of forest land across the western Upper Peninsula, and this land base provides valuable opportunities for...

    Northwoods, Start-Up, Stephen, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Diseases, Private, MI

  • The Yale Forest’s Quiet Corner Initiative is a partnership between Yale Forests, neighboring landowners, the local forest products industry, and local conservation initiatives. The Quiet Corner, located in northeastern Connecticut, is one of the last undeveloped areas on the eastern seaboard between Washington, DC and Boston, MA.

    The Yale Forest’s Quiet Corner Initiative is a partnership between Yale Forests, neighboring landowners, the local forest...

    Agriculture/ Agroforestry, CT, Maria, New England, Action, Demonstration Projects, Private

  • Hazel Crest is working to develop a method of minimizing flooding time in water retention areas while storing as much water as possible. It is also developing a catalog of trees and shrubs that will withstand periodic flooding in the South Chicagoland urban environment.

    Leslie, Urban, IL, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, Municipal, Urban, 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 integrating the practices of timber and songbird habitat management. More recently, Audubon Vermont has been looking at its how its efforts to promote Silviculture with Birds in Mind can also help adapt forests to changing conditions.

    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...

    Maria, New England, Planning, VT, Wildlife habitat

  • 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.

    Assisted migration, 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 mimic historic natural disturbance regimes.

       

    Central Hardwoods, Federal, Leslie, Action, MO, Restoration

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