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.

  • 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 will depend on several interacting factors. The Invasive Species Program on the Eagle River/ Florence District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet has used the adaptation workbook to evaluate new challenges presented by climate change, and they have identified several actions to help adjust their work to address new and shifting threats.

    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, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Recreation, WI

  • The Fremont and Pineknot East project is part of a collaborative landscape restoration project known as the Missouri Pine-Oak Woodland Restoration Project (MoPWR). This is part of a national program to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes that would restore and enhance resilient and functioning shortleaf pine/oak woodland communities. Over the next ten years MoPWR project will implement a variety of integrated management activities designed to restore over 88,000 acres of National Forest System lands within the pine and pine/oak-bluestem woodlands of the Current River and Cane Ridge Pinery areas.

    Central Hardwoods, Federal, Leslie, State, Action, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, 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 forest lands and ways to help forests adapt to changing conditions. This project is working with a group of 12 landowners to help integrate climate change considerations into their management. Additionally, this project is one of two demonstration locations looking at the effects of climate change on forest bird habitats.

    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...

    Agriculture/ Agroforestry, Maria, New England, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Private, Upland hardwoods, VT, Water resources

  • 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, and non-profit organizations. Together, they own over 34,000 acres of woodland which benefit from sustainable forestry. Incorporating climate change into sustainable forest management is demonstrated through the project described below.

    Mid-Atlantic, Patricia, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Invasive species, Private, Upland hardwoods, 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.

    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 maintain sugar maple as a dominant species within the reservation landscape in response to climate change. Management will include a group selection harvest to create gaps throughout the stand. After harvest, seeds collected from sugar maple in different areas throughout its natural range (from Maine down the Appalachian Mts to Illinois) will be germinated and planted within the gaps. The project will be designed and monitored as a scientific study. KBIC forestry and natural resources staff developed this project using the Adaptation Workbook at the Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training in August 2013.

    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...

    Agriculture/ Agroforestry, Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, Upland hardwoods, 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. At 140,000 acres, the L-A-D Foundation’s Pioneer Forest is Missouri’s largest private land ownership. Since the early 1950s, this forest has employed a conservative, uneven-aged management method known as single-tree selection harvesting. Pioneer’s decades-long research of this successful method strongly indicates a truly sustainable forest management practice. Recognizing the importance of fire in managing shortleaf pine, foresters have developed fire prescriptions to reduce woody species encroachment, restore and maintain the targeted ecosystem, and enhance adaptive capacity to better cope with a range of future climates.

    Central Hardwoods, Leslie, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, Fire and fuels, Diseases, Upland conifers, Private, Upland hardwoods, 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

  • The Chippewa National Forest (CNF) is participating in a nation-wide study called Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC). The goals of this project are to test different silvicultural approaches to climate change adaptation that will also serve as useful examples across the country.

     

     

    Assisted migration, Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, MN, Research

  • Superior NF staff completed a FAR workbook session and included climate change considerations into the final design of a large vegetation management project.

    Federal, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

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