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Join local experts and managers of urban green spaces for a workshop on developing and implementing management actions to respond to climate change.

The morning will focus on providing information on the effects of climate change in the Lake Superior region and its urban green spaces, including forests, gardens, and natural areas, sharing resources to help with management planning, and dicussing adaptation concepts and strategies in the context of sustainable urban green space management.

The afternoon will be a hands-on work session to identify actions for incorporating climate adaptation into real-world projects. Participants will have the opportunity to bring their own projects or work from existing examples.

Speakers and instructors include:

  • Kenny Blumenfeld - MN Department of Natural Resources
  • Lori Seele - Duluth CISMA/Stewardship Network 
  • Leslie Brandt - Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
  • Tom Beery - Minnesota Sea Grant
  • Kristen Schmitt - Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

This session is intended for municipal foresters, planners, park managers, consulting arborists, nursery professionals, landscape architects, and others who are interested in learning more about adapting urban green spaces to climate change.


  • 9:00 Welcome and Introductions-Tom Beery, Resilience Specialist, Minnesota Sea Grant
  • 9:30 Overview of Climate Change Impacts to the Region-Kenneth Blumenfeld, Senior Climatologist, Minnesota State Climatology Office
  • 10:00 Climate Change impacts to Urban Forests and Green Spaces-Leslie Brandt, Climate Change Specialist, Northern institute of Applied Climate Science and USDA Forest Service
  • 10:30 Break
  • 10:40 Invasive Species and Climate Change-Lori Seele, CISMA Coordinator, The Stewardship Network
  • 11:00 Tackling Barriers to Green Infrastructure: Workbook and Audit Tool-Jesse Schomberg, Coastal Communities and Land Use Planning Extension Educator, Minnesota Sea Grant
  • 11:20 Examples of Adaptation Efforts in Urban Green Spaces-Leslie Brandt
  • 11:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 Climate Change Impacts Activity
  • 1:45 Adaptation Concepts Overview-Kristen Schmitt, Climate Change Outreach Specialist, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
  • 2:00 Break
  • 2:15 Adaptation Actions Activity
  • 3:15 Group Report-Outs
  • 3:45 Wrap-up and Evaluations
  • 4:00 Adjourn

Participants will receive materials to help adapt their own urban green spaces to climate change, including: 

  • Forest Adaptation Resources
  • Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments for nothern Minnesota and WIsconsin
  • Maps of projected changes in USDA Hardiness Zones and AHS Heat Zones 
  • Lists of trees expected to increase or decline with projected changes in climate 

This workshop is organized by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, U.S. Forest Service, the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, Levy Tree Care, the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Minnesota Sea Grant.