Little Traverse Conservancy: John and Tucker Harris Working Forest Reserve
The Little Traverse Conservancy acquired the John and Tucker Harris Working Forest Reserve in October 2016. While this transaction was in progress, Conservancy staff attended a NIACS adaptation workshop and considered how to incorporate climate change information into the management plan for the property. The management plan will be written in 2017.
The Little Traverse Conservany identifies conservation values that are important for each of their preserves. For the Harris Working Forest, early-successional habitat for upland game birds is a value that the Conservancy will attempt to maintain through time through active management. The management plan for the reserve will specify more detailed management objectives.
Climate Change Impacts
Challenges and Opportunities
Project participants used the Adaptation Workbook to develop several adaptation actions for this project, including:
Upland game bird habitat
5.1. Promote diverse age classes.
6.1. Manage habitats over a range of sites and conditions.
9.8. Move at-risk species to locations that are expected to provide habitat.
Create patches of early-successional forest in several locations across the property.
9.1. Favor or restore native species that are expected to be adapted to future conditions.
Create patches of young forests with species like maples that are expected to fare better under climate change.
9.3. Guide changes in species composition at early stages of stand development.
9.4. Protect future-adapted seedlings and saplings.
Encourage existing regeneration of red oak and other potential increasing species that provide mast for wildlife.
Plant white oak and other mast-producing species.
10.3. Realign significantly disrupted ecosystems to meet expected future conditions.
Consider managing for oak-pine barrens or savanna systems in areas that have been degraded.
6.2. Expand the boundaries of reserves to increase diversity.
7.2. Maintain and create habitat corridors through reforestation or restoration.
Establishing the Harris Reserve further expands the corridor of protected areas along the Pigeon River and across the Pigeon River Country in general. This property also connects riparian habitats to upland habitats.