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.

  • Huron Pines is a non-profit conservation organization that serves landowners in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula. Through their Private Lands Stewardship program, they work directly with...

    Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Private, MI

  • The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) manages a relatively small land base in southwestern Michigan called the Pine Creek Reservation. For this project, tribal natural resources...

    Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, MI

  • Vermont’s landscape contains a diversity of forest types, which provide important wildlife habitat. Just as trees and forests are likely altered as a result of a changing climate, many wildlife...

    New England, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, VT

  • Shawano County, located in east-central Wisconsin, recently completed a Forest Stewardship Management Plan to describe desired forestry activities on county lands for the next 25 years. Roughly...

    Northwoods, Planning, County, Demonstration Projects, WI

  • A climate change vulnerability assessment was developed for the Park's forests and used to inform forest management activities.

    Federal, Maria, New England, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Upland conifers, Infrastructure, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, VT

  • The Ottawa National Forest is proposing a forest-wide project to manage for early-successional aspen. Staff from the Ottawa NF have considered how to continue to meet the management objectives...

    Federal, Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, MI

  • The Hiawatha National Forest manages a diverse array of forest types across Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula. Many red pine plantations were established across the forest from the 1930s to the...

    Federal, Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, MI

  • Mount Philo State Park is located atop Mt. Philo and overlooks the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. The 168-acre park is Vermont’s oldest State Park and is a popular...

    New England, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, VT

  • 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

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