Boreal Forest and Community Resilience Project

Our interactions and activities in the Framework: 

The Boreal Project provides technical advice and analyses for the Minnesota Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis, and project staff are co-authoring the assessment. We use the ecosystem model PnET to assess climate change impacts on forest productivity rates across Ecological Province 212 in MN, WI, and MI. These results will be available for all three states. We also convene and facilitate discussions with stakeholders about the complexity and uncertainty of how climate change interacts with other ecological drivers of change in forests. Finally, we are members of the northern MN Framework Science Team and play a lead role in facilitating discussions about native plant classification systems in the state.  

Our broader climate change activities and perspectives: 

The Boreal Project is a research project at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.  We are motivated by the complex and interacting social, ecological, and economic changes happening in northern MN. Our project’s goal is to build a better understanding of complex human-natural systems and to enhance the capacity of people and ecosystems to cope with these changes, including climate change. We collaborate with a variety of forest-related organizations in MN and work to serve two primary roles in these partnerships: 1) to provide targeted ecological research, such as the PnET modeling analyses for the MN Vulnerability Assessment, and 2) to create participatory forums and planning tools that build collaborative capacity and develop adaptive management strategies.