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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

    Wildlife Management and Climate Adaptation Workshop

    NIACS is partnering with the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, Michigan DNR, and UW-Madison to develop tools to help wildlife managers adapt to climate change. This active, hands-on worksho...

    Forest Adaptation Resources, Northwoods, Workshop, MI

  • Workshop

    Managing Michigan Wetlands for Climate Change

    This is a 'Save the Date' flyer advertising the May 15, 2018 Adapting Michigan Wetlands to Climate Change one-day workshop. NIACS is collaborating with the Michigan Wetlands Association to share clima...

    Northwoods, Workshop, MI

  • Workshop

    Wetland Adaptation Symposium and Workshop

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

    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

    Operationalizing environmental justice through tools and approaches of the Climate Change Response Framework

    Chris Swanston gave this invited presentation at the 2017 Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene Symposium. A summary of this presentation has also been published in the conference proceedings.   ...

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

  • 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

Partners

Related Resources

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

  • Hiawatha National Forest staff completed the Adaptation Workbook in the spring of 2014 and used this information to incorporate climate change considerations into the Proposed Action and Scoping Package for the public. More information is available on the Hiawatha National Forest Bass Boot project page.

    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, Stephen, Planning, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Upland hardwoods, 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.

    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, Stephen, Planning, Fire and fuels, MI, Water resources

  • 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

  • MTU staff completed the Adaptation Workbook at a Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices workshop in June 2015. This management unit with the MTU School Forest is up for review in 2016, so a larger committee of MTU faculty and staff will be discussing management options for the Piney Woods stand. This committee will strive to balance the goals related to research, education, ecological sustainability, and economics.

    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, Stephen, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Diseases, 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 different kinds of management areas. In the western Upper Peninsula, aspen is the most abundant forest type on state land, with almost 250,000 acres (28% of the state’s ownership in the region). For this project, DNR staff addressed local site conditions that may predispose aspen to early mortality or low productivity due to climate change, specifically in the western Upper Peninsula.

    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, Stephen, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, Upland hardwoods, Landscape-scale planning, 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 website. In conjunction with the overall Interior Project, Roger Powell (a forester on the Ottawa) used a single stand within the project to satisfy the requirements of the National Advanced Silviculture Program (NASP). This stand was selected for a detailed silviculture certification exam, which included considering how climate change might be accounted for while continuing to meet the management objectives outlined in the Forest Plan.

    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, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, 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 private landowners to make effective management decisions focusing on a number of goals – restoration, invasive species control, wildlife habitat enhancement, forest health improvement, and many more. In this project, Huron Pines staff are providing climate change adaptation recommendations to a private landowner as part of a complex restoration and agricultural project.

    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...

    Agriculture/ Agroforestry, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Invasive species, Upland conifers, Private, MI

  • The tribal environmental staff are work to prioritize and implement a suite of adaptation actions recommended for this project. As the NHBP land base expands over time, this adaptation mindset can be applied to a larger area.

    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...

    Agriculture/ Agroforestry, Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Tribal, MI, Water resources

  • 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 outlined in the Forest Plan while accounting for changing future conditions. More information about the project is available on the Ottawa NF website.

    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, Stephen, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Upland hardwoods, MI, Regeneration, Soil, Water resources

  • 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 1960s. East Red Pine 3 Project activities include commercial thinning of about 4,000 acres of red pine, planting white pine on about 1,200 acres, and conducting prescribed burns on about 500 acres. More information about the project is available on the Hiawatha NF website.

    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, Stephen, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, MI, Regeneration

  • 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 maintain sugar maple as a dominant species within the reservation landscape in response to climate change. Management will include a group selection harvest to create gaps throughout the stand. After harvest, seeds collected from sugar maple in different areas throughout its natural range (from Maine down the Appalachian Mts to Illinois) will be germinated and planted within the gaps. The project will be designed and monitored as a scientific study. KBIC forestry and natural resources staff developed this project using the Adaptation Workbook at the Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training in August 2013.

    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...

    Agriculture/ Agroforestry, Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, Upland hardwoods, 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 is primarily designed to promote a healthy and resilient forest ecosystem based on goals and objectives of the Ottawa National Forest Land and Resources Management Plan. This project will help the project team consider what kind of vegetation management actions might also help the forests and ecosystems adapt to future changes and respond to ecosystem vulnerabilities. This project will also provide a real-world example of how forest management can enhance adaptation to climate change.

    Drought, Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Flooding, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MI