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.

  • Trout Unlimited New England is working with 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, Fish habitat, MA, Infrastructure, Private, Refugia, Restoration, VT, Water resources

  • Gogebic County Forestry and Parks Commission and the Gogebic Conservation District evaluated climate change risks and adaptation opportunities for an on-going wildlife habitat management project.

    Northwoods, Stephen, County, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, MI, Regeneration, Wildlife habitat

  • Superior National Forest staff considered climate change effects and possible adaptation actions for a large forest management project in far northern Minnesota.

     

     

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • The Red Lake Department of Natural Resources was accepted into the 2014 cohort of the Climate Solutions University program, a 10-month intensive curriculum designed to help rural communities prepare climate change adaptation plans. To help generate this community adaptation plan, Red Lake DNR staff attended a Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices workshop in July 2014 and used the Adaptation Workbook to consider risks, opportunities, and adaptation actions for major forest types and other natural resources across the reservation.

    Project Location The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe. The Red Lake Reservation encompasses over 840,000 acres of land and water which spans across eight...

    Agriculture/ Agroforestry, Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, MN

  • Superior National Forest staff considered climate change effects and possible adaptation actions for a large forest management and fuels reduction project.

     

     

     

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • Superior National Forest staff considered climate change effects and possible adaptation actions for a large forest management project in far northern Minnesota.

    Federal, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Diseases, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • The project planning team for a large vegetation management project on the Superior National Forest used the Adaptation Workbook to assess climate change risk and contemplate adaptation actions.

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

  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has been approved by the National Park Service to conduct a park-scale vulnerability assessment, an adaptation demonstration project, and several outreach and education activities.

    The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a collection of 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland along Lake Superior’s south shore. Climate change will affect the Great Lakes region in many ways, and...

    Federal, Northwoods, Start-Up, Stephen, Coastal, Demonstration Projects, WI

  • Hiawatha National Forest staff completed the Adaptation Workbook in the spring of 2014 and used this information to incorporate climate change considerations into the Proposed Action and Scoping Package for the public. More information is available on the Hiawatha National Forest Bass Boot project page.

    The Hiawatha National Forest is proposing a large vegetation management project in Schoolcraft and Delta Counties, covering approximately 56,000 acres. The primary purpose of the Bass Boot project...

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Upland hardwoods, MI

  • The primary purpose of the project is to move the project area toward the 2006 Hiawatha Forest Plan Forest-wide and Management Area direction.

    The primary purpose of the project is to move the project area toward the 2006 Hiawatha Forest Plan Forest-wide and Management Area direction. Specifically, some of the major goals of this project...

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Fire and fuels, MI, Water resources

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