The goal of the forest stand improvement cuts are to improve forest health to protect against future stress and invasive species, including emerald ash borer. Harvests would reduce the density of ash and increase overall species diversity. At the same time, forest stand improvement can also help meet many other broader goals of the tribe. It can be used to initiate stand regeneration and restore native plant communities, including desired understory plants. Other purposes include improving recreation, aesthetic and open space values, water quality protection, water conservation and yield. Forest stand improvement aids in the management of carbon storage and uptake. Another purpose of this practice is to increase the future quantity and quality of forest products. Harvesting forest products is often a secondary benefit of forest stand improvement.
Climate Change Impacts
Challenges and Opportunities
The Adaptation Workbook was used to identify some potential adaptation actions for this project, including:
9.1. Favor or restore native species that are expected to be adapted to future conditions.