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From northern hardwoods to conifer lowlands to oak savannahs, Michigan has a wealth of forest communities that spread across its Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The Laurentian Hardwood Forest region of northern Michigan covers over 16.6 million acres, and the forests and other natural communities within this landscape provide a foundation for economic, cultural, and environmental well-being.

Use the menu above to explore Partnerships, Vulnerability Assessments, Forest Adaptation Resources, and Demonstration Projects in Michigan or return to the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework.

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  • Workshop

    Wetland Adaptation Symposium and Workshop

    February 21-23, 2017 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin The two-day symposium focusing on climate change and all wetland types will be held during the Wisconsin Wetlands Association Wetland Science Conference o...

    Forest Adaptation Resources, Northwoods, Workshop, MI, MN, WI

  • Brief

    Adapting Forested Watersheds to Climate Change MW Workshop

    Save the date - Workshop flyer for the March 15-16, 2017, Adapting Forested Watersheds to Climate Change in the Midwest. More information forthcoming at http://forestadaptation.org/water. Download fly...

    Central Hardwoods, Forest Adaptation Resources, Northwoods, Brief, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI, Chicago

  • Brief

    Adapting Watersheds To Ecosystem And Climate Stressors

    The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) is launching a new intiative that will build on the success of the Forest Adaptation Resources and associated Adaptation Workbook that have be...

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Forest Adaptation Resources, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, DE, Brief, IL, Demonstration Projects, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV

  • PPT

    Presentation: Implementing Real-world Adaptation Solutions in Northern Wisconsin

    This webinar on October 19, 2016 shared details about the Adaptation Workbook, the Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment for northern Wisconsin, an adaptation demonstration project with Florence C...

    Forest Adaptation Resources, Northwoods, Demonstration Projects, PPT, MI, MN, WI

  • PPT

    Forest Habitats and Climate Change in Michigan

    Presentation to the Michigan Society of American Foresters, October 2016. Includes information on the potential effects of climate change on tree and bird species in Michigan and examples of how land...

    Northwoods, PPT, MI

  • PPT

    Climate Change and Upper Michigan’s Forests

    Presentation to Michigan Department of Natural Resources forestry staff in October 2016. Climate Change and Upper Michigan’s Forests: Risks, Opportunities, and Ways to Adapt from Northern Institute...

    Northwoods, PPT, MI

  • Workshop

    Forest Conservation and Stewardship Summit and Adaptation Workshop

    Presentations from this event (Day 1 and Day 2) are posted below.  Event Summary: NIACS partnered with Heart of the Lakes and the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan to gather natural resource profession...

    Forest Adaptation Resources, Northwoods, Workshop, Demonstration Projects, MI

  • Doc

    Private Landowner Examples of Adaptation - Michigan Forests Magazine

    The spring 2016 edition of the Michigan Forests magazine features an article by NIACS staff member Stephen Handler.  This article shares information abour two real-world examples of climate adaptation...

    Northwoods, Demonstration Projects, Doc, MI

  • Video

    Climate Change Impacts for Northwoods Forests

    This recorded presentation described observed and projected climate change impacts for forests across the Northwoods.  This presentation draws on information from three published vulnerability assessm...

    Northwoods, Video, Vulnerability Assessment, MI, MN, WI

  • Brief

    Climate Change Projections for Individual Tree Species in the Northwoods - Handouts

    Tree species will likely respond individually to climate change, depending on their particular silvics and ecological tolerances. These handouts summarize general climate change projections for tree s...

    Northwoods, Brief, Vulnerability Assessment, MI, MN, WI

  • PPT

    Introducing the Online Adaptation Workbook

    NIACS hosted a webinar to introduce the online Adaptation Workbook. The presentation explained how this new tool works and how it can help you integrate climate change considerations into your work. ...

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Forest Adaptation Resources, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, IL, IN, PPT, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • Doc

    Michigan Forests Magazine - Summer 2015

    The Michigan Forests Magazine is published quarterly by the Michigan Forest Association. The Summer 2015 issue features an article by Stephen Handler, describing two Forest Adaptation Planning and Pra...

    Forest Adaptation Resources, Northwoods, Demonstration Projects, Doc, MI

  • Brief

    CCRF Tribal Engagement Summary

    This briefing summarizes the variety of ways NIACS and the CCRF have collaborated with Native American Tribes on climate adaptation. These collaborations are expanding through time, and this handout w...

    Northwoods, Partnerships, Brief, Vulnerability Assessment, Demonstration Projects, MI, MN, WI

  • Brief

    Northwoods Newsletter - Archived Issues

    The Northwoods CCRF newsletter features projects, events, and documents related to climate change and northern forests. Our goal is to help you keep up to date on happenings across Minnesota, Wisconsi...

    Northwoods, Brief, MI, MN, WI

  • Brief

    Climate Projections for Tree Species in Northern Wisconsin and Western Upper Michigan - Handout

    This handout presents climate change projections for individual tree species in northern Wisconsin and the Western Upper Peninsula, summarized from the Forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and sy...

    Northwoods, Brief, Vulnerability Assessment, MI, WI

  • Brief

    Climate Projections for Northern Michigan Tree Species - Handout

    This handout presents a summary of climate change projections for individual tree species, based on the information published in the Michigan Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis. ...

    Northwoods, Brief, Vulnerability Assessment, MI

  • Brief

    MSU Extension List of Online Climate Change Resources

    These selected resources have been compiled by Bill Cook and others on the Michigan State University "Climate Variability and Change Action Team."  The list will be updated periodically to include new...

    Northwoods, Brief, MI

  • PPT

    Engaging public, private, and tribal land managers in on-the-ground climate change adaptation

    This presentation to the Forest Service Washington Office in August 2014 describes compontents of the Climate Change Response Framework and highlights the application of the Adaptation Workbook that w...

    New England, Northwoods, PPT, MI, MN, VT, WI

  • Brief

    Michigan Climate Change Bulletins

    NIACS and Michigan State University Extension worked together to produce "Forest Management in a Changing Climate," a 5-part bulletin series for foresters and natural resource managers in Michigan. Th...

    Forest Adaptation Resources, Northwoods, Brief, Vulnerability Assessment, MI

  • Doc

    Northern Wisconsin and Western Upper Michigan Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis

    This assessment evaluates the vulnerability of forest ecosystems in the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province of northern Wisconsin and western Upper Michigan under a range of future climates. Information...

    Northwoods, Vulnerability Assessment, Doc, MI, WI

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Demonstration Projects

  • Climate change considerations were integrated into a management plan for this 18-acre camp property.

    Maria, Northwoods, Action, Demonstration Projects, Private, MI

  • Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources staff used the Adaptation Workbook to consider strategic responses to climate change across a complex, 65,000-acre Management Area of state-owned land.

    Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, Plantations, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, Landscape-scale planning, MI, Management plan, Regeneration

  • The Little Traverse Conservancy is incorporating climate change considerations into the management plan for a Working Forest Reserve acquired in late 2016.

    Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, NGO, Upland hardwoods, MI, Management plan, Wildlife habitat

  • Matt Watkeys, a forester for the Marquette Conservation District, completed the Adaptation Workbook for his own family camp.

    Assisted migration, Northwoods, Stephen, Flooding, Action, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, Private, Upland hardwoods, MI, Planting, Water resources

  • Staff from the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi used the Adaptation Workbook at a workshop in 2016, and they will continue to refine their ideas for implementation over the coming year.

    Assisted migration, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, MI, Planting, Refugia

  • 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

  • Gogebic County Forestry and Parks Commission and the Gogebic Conservation District evaluated climate change risks and adaptation opportunities for an on-going wildlife habitat management project.

    Northwoods, Stephen, County, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, MI, Regeneration, Wildlife habitat

  • The Hiawatha National Forest is proposing a large vegetation management project in Schoolcraft and Delta Counties, covering approximately 56,000 acres. The primary purpose of the Bass Boot project...

    Federal, Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, MI

  • The primary purpose of the project is to move the project area toward the 2006 Hiawatha Forest Plan Forest-wide and Management Area direction. Specifically, some of the major goals of this project...

    Federal, Northwoods, Planning, MI

  • Warren Suchovsky, a logger and private landowner, and Rexx Janowiak, a consulting forester, worked together to consider climate change impacts and design management activities to maintain forest health and productivity into the future. These ideas were incorporated into a new NRCS Forest Management Plan for Warren's property.

    Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, Private, Upland hardwoods, MI, Management plan

  • The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is implementing adaptation actions to change forest cover types and add a diversity of hard and soft mast species for wildlife at a large State Game Area.

    Northwoods, Stephen, State, Action, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Savanna/ open woodland, MI, Wildlife habitat

  • The Michigan Technological University (MTU) Research Forest covers more than 5,500 acres of forest land across the western Upper Peninsula, and this land base provides valuable opportunities for...

    Northwoods, Start-Up, Demonstration Projects, Private, MI

  • The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages more than 4 million acres of forestland across the state. This ownership includes a diverse array of forest types, as well as several...

    Northwoods, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, MI

  • The Ottawa National Forest developed the Interior Project to accomplish a variety of goals within a contiguous area. More information about the project as a whole is available on the Ottawa NF...

    Federal, Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, MI

  • The Leelanau Conservancy is a non-profit land trust operating in the Leelanau Peninsula in northwestern lower Michigan. They focus on protecting forests, farms, lakeshores, and riparian areas through conservation easements and a portfolio of 23 established natural areas and preserves. For this project, Conservancy staff focused on climate change impacts and adaptation options for one particular forest preserve.

     

     

    Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, NGO, Upland hardwoods, MI, Planting

  • Huron Pines is a non-profit conservation organization that serves landowners in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula. Through their Private Lands Stewardship program, they work directly with...

    Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Private, MI

  • The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) manages a relatively small land base in southwestern Michigan called the Pine Creek Reservation. For this project, tribal natural resources...

    Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, MI

  • The Ottawa National Forest is proposing a forest-wide project to manage for early-successional aspen. Staff from the Ottawa NF have considered how to continue to meet the management objectives...

    Federal, Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, MI

  • The Hiawatha National Forest manages a diverse array of forest types across Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula. Many red pine plantations were established across the forest from the 1930s to the...

    Federal, Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, MI

  • Sugar maple is a important species for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), both economically and culturally. KBIC is pursuing this adaptation project to demonstrate a proactive approach to...

    Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, MI

  • The Pori Junction Vegetative Management Project is a multiple resources management project being proposed by the Ottawa National Forest that includes timber, wildlife, and riparian projects.  It...

    Federal, Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, MI