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.

  • Staff from the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) used the Adaptation Workbook at a 2015 workshop to consider climate change risks and adaptation actions for a 57-acre northern hardwoods stand in northeastern Minnesota. The stand has been harvested and planted with a mix of climate-adapted species, and monitoring continues.

    Assisted migration, Northwoods, Stephen, State, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, Upland hardwoods, MN, Planting, Research

  • Staff members from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Natural Resources Department completed the Adaptation Workbook in September 2016 to assess adaptation options on a tribal-owned property in northern Michigan.

    Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MI

  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe natural resources staff used the Adaptation Workbook to consider broad-scale amendments to the forest management plan that covers the Isabella Indian Reservation, and have used this high-level plan to design project-level actions for climate adaptation.

    Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, MI, Management plan, Wildlife habitat

  • Staff from Bay Mills Indian Community used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and adaptation actions for a tribal-owned property on an island between the US and Canada.

    Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, Upland hardwoods, MI

  • Conservancy staff completed the Adaptation Workbook at a NIACS Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training in 2016, and adaptation actions are being incorporated into the property's management plan.

    Assisted migration, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, NGO, Upland hardwoods, MI, Planting

  • Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 50,000 acres in 3 counties (Jefferson, Jennings, and Ripley) in southeastern Indiana on the former Jefferson Proving Ground, a munitions testing facility.

    Central Hardwoods, Federal, Leslie, Planning, Grasslands, Oak, Demonstration Projects, IN, Management plan, Wildlife habitat

  • The Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge was authorized in 1998 to acquire up to 77,000 acres of prairie across western Minnesota and northwestern Iowa. The first parcels were added to the Refuge in 2000, and as of 2015 the Refuge included about 8,000 acres.

    The Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge was authorized in 1998 to acquire up to 77,000 acres of prairie across western Minnesota and northwestern Iowa.  The first parcels were added...

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Grasslands, MN

  • The Nature Conservancy is planting conifer trees on hundreds of acres of forest in northern Maine in anticipation of climate change

    Maria, New England, Action, Demonstration Projects, ME, Private, Planting, Wildlife habitat

  • The Big Rock vegetation management project will address the potential environmental impacts due to creating early successional forest; enhancing the growth and mast production of forest stands; and increasing wildlife habitat diversity on the Gauley District of the Monongahela National Forest. The purpose of the Big Rock Project is to implement land management activities that are consistent with the Monongahela National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) and will help to bring the Forest closer to the desired condition. The desired condition relevant to this project is for a full range of forest age-classes of primarily hardwood trees and associated understories to be distributed in a mosaic pattern, thus providing for the habitat needs of a variety of wildlife species. Harvest of trees is expected to provide sustainably-produced timber to the market. Roads and trails systems provide access for recreation, administration, and management purposes, including transportation of forest products.

    Central Appalachians, Federal, Patricia, Planning, Early-successional habitat, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, WV

  • The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary is a privately-owned wildlife refuge with over 8,000 acres of upland forest and aquatic habitats located on the border of south central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. The Sanctuary is implementing actions to maintain forest habitats under a changing climate and sharing those experiences with other landowners through the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership.

    CT, Maria, New England, Flooding, Action, Demonstration Projects, MA, Private, Wildlife habitat, Forest threats