The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota

Our interactions and activities in the Framework: 

Two TNC scientists from the MN Chapter are participating on the MN Science Team, where we have regular discussions about on-going climate change projects in the state.  We are also assisting with the vulnerability assessment, both through the Science Team and collaborative work with NIACS and Portland State University. The latter is made possible with funding assistance from the USFWS Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  Working with our collaborators, we have identified a number of scenarios for climate adaptive forest management. The scenarios include active management, facilitated migration, and reserve expansion among other options. In addition, we are working to translate modeling products into a more useful format for land managers: LANDIS landscape ecosystem types (used in the original MFRC NEMN landscape plan) are being cross-walked to native plant communities that land managers base their prescriptions on.  Emily Peters with the Boreal Project is helping with this process, coordinating with George Host at NRRI. Along with one or more TNC land managers, our scientists will assist in developing a future version of a Forest Adaptation Resources document. Finally, TNC Program Directors in Northeast and Central Minnesota are engaged with the MFRC Coordination team. In Northeastern Minnesota, TNC is playing an active role in ensuring that CCRF information and products are integrated into the update process underway for MFRC’s Landscape Plan. Meet our TNC chapter scientists by visiting the TNC Minnesota and Dakotas webpage.  Finally, TNC and NIACS collaborated on a successful proposal to the Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund.  This project will allow TNC and other partners to implement climate-adaptive planting and forest management on 12 sites in northeastern MN, and TNC is working closely with NIACS to use adaptation tools and develop this project as a demonstration project under the Northwoods Framework. 

Our broader climate change activities and perspectives: 

The Nature Conservancy views climate change as one of the greatest threats to nature and people world-wide. As such, TNC has been at the forefront of adaptation and mitigation work for a number of years. To learn more about how we are working to help real people and places around the world adapt to climate change, please visit the TNC climate change webpage.

For tools, references, news, and other adaptation resources, please visit the TNC Climate Change Adaptation workspace. (You’ll need to get a ConserveOnline account and join the workspace for full access, but both are free and relatively simple.)