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.

  • Longwood Gardens is analyzing the species to be planted in the gardens for cold hardiness, heat tolerance and longevity. Located in the mid-Atlantic, the seasonal temperatures and rainfall are more apt to change quickly. Many species are at the limit of their range in this area. Selecting wisely will provide less unwanted, unexpected changes in the future.

    Drought, Leslie, Mid-Atlantic, Start-Up, Urban, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Diseases, Private, Research, PA

  • The Uihlein Research Forest is considering how climate change may affect maple syrup production.

    Agriculture/ Agroforestry, Maria, New England, Start-Up, State, Demonstration Projects, Diseases, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, Planting, NY, Research

  • Climate change considerations were integrated into a management plan for this 18-acre camp property.

    Maria, Northwoods, Action, Demonstration Projects, Private, MI

  • The Franklin Land Trust is working with Trout Unlimited and other partners to implement a series of actions to help riparian forests and coldwater streams adapt to climate change.

    Maria, New England, Flooding, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Fish habitat, MA, NGO, Infrastructure, Refugia, Restoration, Water resources

  • This project is being developed to maintain and enhance the integrity of high-value aquatic habitats in the face of climate change.

    Maria, New England, Start-Up, Flooding, State, Demonstration Projects, NGO, Infrastructure, ME, Water resources

  • The Nature Conservancy is promoting forest resilience by improving regeneration of tree species that are adapted to projected future conditions; improving forest structure; and increasing tree species diversity across 775 acres of Tug Hill in northern New York.

    Assisted migration, Maria, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, NGO, Upland hardwoods, Planting, Refugia, NY, Regeneration, Soil

  • Using climate science models and species composition data from New York City, the Natural Areas Conservancy and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation will develop a tool that matches species expected to thrive in future climate scenarios and apply the tool to upcoming restoration projects in NYC thus increasing forest resilience.

    Leslie, Urban, Action, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Municipal, NGO, Urban, Upland hardwoods, Planting, Refugia, NY, Restoration

  • Hennepin County is using a gravel bed nursery and growing southern species to increase its canopy diversity. The gravel bed nursery can hold 1,500 trees per year, and the trees are planted at county facilities and along county roads. These trees are replacing ash trees that will be lost to emerald ash borer and and will ensure a diverse landscape for the future. Hennepin County is also collecting seeds from more southern locations and beginning to grow trees that are more adapted to a warmer climate.

    Assisted migration, Leslie, Urban, Action, County, Demonstration Projects, Urban, MN, Planting

  • The NorthWoods Stewardship Center has a mission of “connecting people and place through science, education and action.” Conservation, land management and education programs are concentrated in northeastern Vermont at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center's working forest and extend throughout New England. This project was intended to revisit the 2015 forest management plan and decide if any modifications should be made in regard to climate change adaptation.

    Maria, New England, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, NGO, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, VT

  • This forest on Prudence Island has been degraded by forest pests and invasive species, and work is underway to develop a strategy to restore healthy forest conditions while also adapting to climate change.

    Drought, Maria, New England, Coastal, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Upland hardwoods, Restoration, RI