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.

  • National Forest staff incorporated climate change considerations into the silvicultural prescriptions for two aspen stands, and harvest activities occurred in 2014 and 2015.

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, WI

  • The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin has developed several real-world examples of how climate change can be incorporated into sustainable forest and natural resource management. Through this project, the Chequamegon-Nicolet has taken a special look at the resources of the Twentymile Creek and Marengo River watersheds in order to show how natural resource management actions can enhance the ability of ecosystems to cope with changing conditions while meeting a variety of management goals.




    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, WI

  • The Nature Conservancy is coordinating this project, in collaboration with NIACS, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and other organizations. The project is being implemented on approximately 2,000 acres of forestland in northeastern Minnesota, on a mix of federal, state, and county land. Project partners are creating examples of climate change adaptation that feature a combination of management practices and planting to increase ecosystem complexity. This project has been supported by a grant from the Wildlife Conservation Society and its Climate Adaptation Fund. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation supported the establishment of the Climate Adaptation Fund.

    Assisted migration, Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, State, County, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, NGO, Genetic diversity, Upland hardwoods, MN, Planting, Research

  • The Natural Resources Department of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in northern Wisconsin is concerned about changing climatic and environmental conditions that have already affected key cultural resources, such as wild rice. A changing climate is expected to aggravate existing stressors on ecosystems, as well as introduce new challenges to management. This adaptation project is designed to provide a real-world example of how climate change considerations can be incorporated into sustainable forest management.

    Lowland/ wetland conifers, Maria, Northwoods, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, Regeneration, WI

  • The Nature Conservancy’s Caroline Lake Preserve in northern Wisconsin provides a real-world example of how climate change adaptation can be incorporated into sustainable forest management. It is one of multiple adaptation efforts in the area that show how forest management actions can enhance the forest’s ability to cope with changing conditions while meeting a variety of landowner goals.



    Assisted migration, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, NGO, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, Water resources, WI