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Northern Minnesota lies at the intersection of 3 major vegetation biomes – boreal forests in the north, hardwood forests in the central and east, and prairies in the west. This region (also referred to as the Laurentian Hardwood Forest) covers over 23.2 million acres, and includes the majority of Minnesota’s forests. The impacts of climate change on these natural communities – and human responses – will shape the economy, environment, and culture of the state for generations.

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

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  • 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

    In the Dunes

    This short essay from Kelly Barrett (wildlife biologist, Chippewa National Forest) offers seasonal observations from the Chippewa and connections to on-going climate change trends. It's a great read! ...

    Northwoods, Partnerships, Brief, MN

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Northern Minnesota Tree Species - Handout

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

    Northwoods, Brief, Vulnerability Assessment, MN

  • 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

  • Doc

    Minnesota Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis

    The Minnesota Forest Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis was evaluates potential climate risks and opportunities for forests in northern Minnesota. It is one of a series of similar assessments with...

    Northwoods, Vulnerability Assessment, Doc, MN

  • PPT

    Webinar: Adaptation and forest management in Great Lakes forests

    NIACS presented this webinar as part of the Great Lake's Climate webinar series, hosted by The Ohio State University and Ohio Sea Grant. This presentation covers an overview of the Climate Change Resp...

    Forest Adaptation Resources, Mid-Atlantic, Northwoods, IL, Vulnerability Assessment, Demonstration Projects, IN, PPT, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI

  • Brief

    Minnesota Vulnerability Assessment Summary

    This 4-page summary covers the highlights from the Minnesota Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis. Please contact Stephen Handler for more information and get the full report here....

    Northwoods, Brief, Vulnerability Assessment, MN

  • PPT

    Climate Change Vulnerability and Northwoods Forests (Videos)

    These video presentations summarize the potential effects of climate change on forests of Northwoods based on the results of three forest ecosystem vulnerability assessments (download full reports her...

    Northwoods, Vulnerability Assessment, PPT, MI, MN, WI

  • Brief

    Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices - CMN Briefing

    Forest and natural resource managers from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service Northeastern Area, and multiple tribes participated in the Forest Adaptation Planning and Practi...

    Northwoods, Brief, MI, MN, WI

  • PPT

    Climate Change and the Boundary Waters

    This presentation was given at the 2013 Wilderness Awareness Training for the Superior National Forest. It features projected climate change impacts on northeastern Minnesota and basic concepts of cli...

    Northwoods, PPT, MN

  • Doc

    Forest Adaptation Resources

    Forests across the United States are already changing in response to the changing climate, and natural resource professionals increasingly need to address new challenges for management and conservatio...

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

  • Doc

    Get to Know the Climate Change Response Framework

    An article on climate change impacts on forests from the March 2012 issue of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association magazine.

    Northwoods, Doc, MI, MN, WI

  • Doc

    Leading Our Forests into the Future

    An article on climate change impacts on forests from the March 2012 issue of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association magazine.

    Northwoods, Vulnerability Assessment, Doc, MI, MN, WI

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Demonstration Projects

  • Staff from the Minnesota DNR used the Adaptation Workbook to refine ideas for post-fire salvage and restoration treatments following a recent wildfire.

    Northwoods, Stephen, State, Action, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, MN

  • A project planning team on the Superior National Forest used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change impacts and adaptation actions for a large vegetation management project.

    Federal, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • The project planning team for a large vegetation management project on the Superior National Forest used the Adaptation Workbook to assess climate change risk and contemplate adaptation actions.

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • Staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and management opportunities for a 20-acre timber sale on state forest land.

    Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, State, Action, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, MN

  • Staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and management opportunities for a timber sale within a small Wildlife Management Area.

    Northwoods, Stephen, State, Action, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Upland hardwoods, MN, Wildlife habitat

  • The project planning team for the Shingobee Vegetation Management Project used the Adaptation Workbook in the summer of 2014. The project has passed the formal public comment period and the team has completed the Environmental Assessment for the project. A Decision Notice to proceed with the project was signed in September 2015.

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, MN

  • The project planning team for the Noma Vegetation Management Project used the Adaptation Workbook in the summer of 2015. The project has passed the formal public comment period and the team is preparing an Environmental Assessment.

    Federal, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • A project planning team with the Chippewa National Forest used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and adaptation actions for a large vegetation management project.

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Action, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • The Chippewa National Forest is considering climate change impacts and adaptation opportunities during early planning for a large vegetation management project.

    Federal, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Start-Up, Stephen, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, MN

  • The Chippewa National Forest used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and adaptation actions for a large forest management project. The forest published n Environmental Assessment and final decision for this project in June 2015.

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Action, Demonstration Projects, Plantations, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • Two Minnesota DNR foresters used the Adaptation Workbook to help refine a timber sale in oak-hardwood stand. Many of their intended management actions also will likely have climate adaptation benefits, and they made a few small adjustments to put the stand in a better position to tolerate future climate conditions.

    Northwoods, Stephen, State, Action, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • Minnesota DNR staff considered climate change risks and adaptation actions for a unique State Natural Area in northeast Minnesota.

    Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, State, Action, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Upland hardwoods, MN, Refugia

  • Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources staff used the Adaptation Workbook at a workshop to evaluate adaptation actions that would be suitable for a red pine timber sale in northern Minnesota.

    Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, Plantations, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • Staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and management opportunities for a large Wildlife Management Area.

    Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, State, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Upland hardwoods, MN, Wildlife habitat

  • NIACS worked with a consulting forester to review climate change impacts and potential adaptation actions for a large, forested park in an urban landscape.

    Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Municipal, Diseases, Urban, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, MN, Recreation

  • Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources staff completed the Adaptation Workbook at a workshop in 2015, and specifically considered the climate change risks and adaptation possibilities for floodplain forest restoration in southeastern Minnesota.

    Northwoods, Stephen, Flooding, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, MN, Planting, Restoration

  • Staff from the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) used the Adaptation Workbook at a 2015 workshop to consider climate change risks and adaptation actions for a 57-acre northern hardwoods stand in northeastern Minnesota. The stand has been harvested and planted with a mix of climate-adapted species, and monitoring continues.

    Assisted migration, Northwoods, Stephen, State, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, Upland hardwoods, MN, Planting, Research

  • The Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge was authorized in 1998 to acquire up to 77,000 acres of prairie across western Minnesota and northwestern Iowa.  The first parcels were added...

    Federal, Northwoods, Planning, MN

  • Superior National Forest staff considered climate change effects and possible adaptation actions for a large forest management project in far northern Minnesota.

     

     

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • Project Location The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe. The Red Lake Reservation encompasses over 840,000 acres of land and water which spans across eight...

    Northwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, MN

  • Superior National Forest staff considered climate change effects and possible adaptation actions for a large forest management and fuels reduction project.

     

     

     

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • Superior National Forest staff considered climate change effects and possible adaptation actions for a large forest management project in far northern Minnesota.

    Federal, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Diseases, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • The project planning team for a large vegetation management project on the Superior National Forest used the Adaptation Workbook to assess climate change risk and contemplate adaptation actions.

    Federal, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • Cloquet Forestry Center foresters used the Adaptation Workbook to devise several actions to diversify a 70-90 year-old, 12-acre red pine stand near the northern border of the CFC land base (Stand 57).

    Assisted migration, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, Plantations, Upland conifers, Private, MN, Planting

  • St. Louis County is Minnesota’s largest county, and their Land and Minerals Department manages more than 900,000 acres of tax forfeit land across the county. Much of this land base is forested and...

    Northwoods, Action, County, Demonstration Projects, MN

  • Rajala Companies manages tens of thousands of acres of forestland across northern Minnesota, in addition to their own lumber and veneer mills. As a 4th-generation family business, they've witnessed a great deal of change across the landscape and try to plan for the long term, both in terms of running a business and managing sustainable forests. Preparing for the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change is now part of that long-term vision. In this project, the Rajalas are exploring how climate-informed forest management can be integrated into an existing Forest Stewardship Plan. This project will illustrate how adapting to climate change can make good business sense as well as ecological sense.

    Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, Private, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, MN, Regeneration

  • Northeastern Area (NA), the State & Private Forestry branch of the US Forest Service in our region, is interested to use the Forest Stewardship program as a mechanism to help private landowners prepare for a changing climate. NA and NIACS helped to fund this example of climate-informed Forest Stewardship planning and implementation in Minnesota. The Nelson family near Hinckley, MN, worked with a Minnesota DNR foresters to prepare a new Stewardship Plan that accounts for climate change. The Minnesota DNR provided matching funds for the project.

     

     

    Assisted migration, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Action, Demonstration Projects, Private, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, MN, Planting, Recreation

  • The Chippewa National Forest (CNF) is participating in a nation-wide study called Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC). The goals of this project are to to test different silvicultural approaches to climate change adaptation that will also serve as useful examples across the country.

     

     

    Assisted migration, Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, MN, Research

  • Superior NF staff completed a FAR workbook session and included climate change considerations into the final design of a large vegetation management project.

    Federal, Lowland/ wetland conifers, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • The Superior National Forest used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and adaptation actions for a large vegetation management project along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN, Planting

  • The Nature Conservancy is coordinating this project, in collaboration with NIACS, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and other organizations. The project is being implemented on approximately 2,000 acres of forestland in northeastern Minnesota, on a mix of federal, state, and county land. Project partners are creating examples of climate change adaptation that feature a combination of management practices and planting to increase ecosystem complexity. This project has been supported by a grant from the Wildlife Conservation Society and its Climate Adaptation Fund. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation supported the establishment of the Climate Adaptation Fund.

    Assisted migration, Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, State, County, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, NGO, Genetic diversity, Upland hardwoods, MN, Planting, Research