The Superior National Forest is proposing the Mesabi Project to promote diverse, healthy forest ecosystems and to reduce hazardous fuels. Specifically, some of the major vegetation management goals of this project are to increase the proportion of the forest in the 0-9 year age class, increase within-stand diversity, improve forest health and structure, and create more large patches of young and old forest. Other major goals of the project are to introduce fire to fire-dependent ecosystems (red, white, and jack pine stands) and reducing hazardous fuels (young balsam fir and dead and downed trees) in 4 primary WUI areas.
Climate Change Impacts
After considering the menu of adaptation strategies and approaches from the Adaptation Workbook, the Mesabi project team generated several possible adaptation actions. These ideas were further refined as the team developed the Environmental Assessment and Alternatives for the project (available below). Some example adaptation actions for the Mesabi project include:
5.1. Promote diverse age classes.
9.1. Favor or restore native species that are expected to be adapted to future conditions.