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.

  • This project is headed by Dr. Burney Fischer and Donovan Moxley of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Its purpose is to Identify the “best” Indiana urban forestry programs with respect to preparedness for environmental change and describe for other cities how to go about following these models.

    Leslie, Start-Up, Urban, Demonstration Projects, IN, Municipal, Urban, Landscape-scale planning, Management plan, Research

  • The Village is planning to naturalize several detention basin bottoms as well as a "wetland buffer" around a retention pond.

    Leslie, Urban, Flooding, Planning, IL, Demonstration Projects, Municipal, Wetlands, Urban, Infrastructure, Water resources

  • The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is using a timber harvest to retain vulnerable conifer species in the most suitable locations, while simultaneously promoting a diversity of future-adapted tree species in other areas.

    Maria, New England, Planning, State, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, MA, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods

  • Staff from DWSP used the Adaptation Workbook to consider how to assess and monitor potential climate change impacts using the established Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI), which is implemented across these two watersheds.

    Maria, New England, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, MA

  • The Village of Northbrook, Illinois, is working to prepare the forested parts of their community for climate change. Their projected outcomes include a resilient urban forest that adapts to the changing climate, new and thriving tree and plant species that will enhance and diversify the urban forest, new plants that restore and maintain pollinator populations, and more diverse plantings to increase property values, improve quality of life, and provide lower cooling bills in the summer

    Leslie, Urban, Planning, Demonstration Projects, IN, Municipal, Urban

  • Green Mountain National Forest staff considered climate change effects and possible adaptation actions for a large integrated resource project.

    Federal, Maria, New England, Planning, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Upland hardwoods, VT, Water resources

  • The Town of Pelham Conservation Commission and Kestrel Land Trust has developed a forest stewardship plan for the community forest. The plan integrated climate change when outlining future forest management activities.

    Maria, New England, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Municipal, MA, NGO, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, Water resources, Wildlife habitat

  • The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority is working to establish new trees in a forested area that has been affected by southern pine beetle and other management challenges.

    Assisted migration, CT, Maria, New England, Carbon mitigation, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Municipal, Upland conifers, Planting, Regeneration, Water resources

  • The Trustees are working with a consulting forester to develop a ten-year forest stewardship plan for Notchview Reservation that will incorporate climate change adaptation as one component of management.

    Maria, New England, Start-Up, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, MA, NGO, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, Management plan

  • The Vermont Land Trust has updated the forest management plan for a on a 72-acre property in Starksboro that is currently enrolled in Vermont's Use Value Appraisal Program. A timber harvest is also planned.

    New England, Todd, Planning, Demonstration Projects, NGO, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, Recreation, VT, Wildlife habitat