Michigan Department of Natural Resources
The DNR has been involved in the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework since 2010. Executive staff in the DNR have helped shape the course of the Northwoods Framework as part of the Regional Coordinating Group, with other State Foresters and regional organizations. The DNR is working closely with NIACS and other partners on an Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis for Michigan’s forests, contributing information as well as staff expertise. Additionally, the DNR is co-leading the Forests working group of the Michigan Climate Coalition to provide a forum for the statewide forestry community to learn about climate change issues and discuss potential responses in Michigan.
Climate change will have multiple impacts on Michigan’s aquatic and terrestrial resources, including forests, wetlands, grasslands, Great Lakes coastlines, and rivers. The agency recognizes that climate change has the potential to impact the productivity and health of the state’s forests and amplify existing threats. Sustaining forests as forests will be a focus of the DNR, for obvious economic, ecological, and cultural reasons. The same is true for sustaining habitats, to the extent possible, for wildlife that are important to the people of Michigan. The DNR has designated key staff to coordinate climate change issues, and staff are getting more climate-related information to incorporate into the agency’s work. In 2010, the Michigan DNR and the Wisconsin DNR signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together and share information on climate change issues. The DNR also helped draft the Michigan Climate Action Council’s Climate Action Plan for the state in 2009.