Demonstration Projects

Demonstration projects are real-world examples of how managers have integrated climate considerations into forest management planning and activities. These projects use the partnerships and resources developed through the Framework to test new ideas and actions for responding to changing conditions. Demonstrations come in all shapes and sizes, showing a variety of adaptation actions that also achieve forest management goals.

Demonstration projects help achieve the intent of the Climate Change Response Framework to support “climate smart” conservation and forest management by testing new ideas and actions, building partnerships, and providing information that can feed into future activities. They engage land owners, forest managers, and the science community in discussion of the potential effects of climate change and solutions to those impacts. Demonstration projects are essential in helping land managers to gain experience in working on climate change issues by focusing on a specific location and set of management issues. The broader ideas and lessons learned can later be used to inform management on a broader scale.

A network of demonstration projects is under development. These projects will engage a variety of land owners, forest managers, and other stakeholders by focusing in a particular location. These groups will identify adaptation actions that will enhance the ability of forests in that place to cope with change and sustain ecological functions and key services. Currently, demonstration projects are in development in the Northwoods (link to Northwoods demo page). Additional demonstration projects will be initiated in other areas after vulnerability assessments and adaptation resources are developed.

  • This project will create young, brushy forests that are largely composed of oaks and hickories; respond to insect and disease threats; and contribute to local economies. Taking action will provide habitat for wildlife that is lacking in the area.

    Central Appalachians, Federal, Patricia, Planning, Demonstration Projects, OH

  • Audubon Vermont’s 255-acre Green Mountain Audubon Center, which was recognized in 2004 as an Important Bird Area, is managed for a diversity of wildlife habitats. The property is a demonstration site for land management practices that are bird-friendly, and highlights the co-benefits of these actions for carbon mitigation in forests.

    New England, Todd, Planning, Demonstration Projects, NGO, VT

  • The Trustees worked with a consulting forester to develop a ten-year forest stewardship plan for Notchview that incorporates climate change adaptation as one component of management. Other management needs include recreational trails and invasive species control.

    Lowland/ wetland conifers, Maria, New England, Planning, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Plantations, MA, Upland conifers, Private, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, Recreation, Regeneration, Wildlife habitat

  • NIACS worked with a consulting forester and a private landowner to incorporate climate change information and adaptation actions into a forest management plan. David Manski and Jake Maier discussed the Adaptation Workbook during the summer and fall of 2018.

    Maria, New England, Planning, Demonstration Projects, ME, Private

  • Mass Audubon is working to demonstrate best forest management practices for songbird conservation and climate change on a 1,000-acre Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary.

    Maria, New England, Planning, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Diseases, MA, NGO, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, Restoration, Wildlife habitat

  • This project involves the reforestation of a 1000-acre, ridge-top area denuded by smelter emissions. Climate change was considered in the selection of tree species for planting.

    Assisted migration, Maria, Mid-Atlantic, Planning, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Diseases, Private, Upland hardwoods, Planting, PA, Restoration

  • The Allegheny National Forest is identifying management options that will address climate-related challenges while meeting management goals in even-aged and uneven-aged forest stands that contain riparian areas and wildlife openings.

    Federal, Mid-Atlantic, Patricia, Planning, Demonstration Projects, PA

  • The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority is working to encourage tree species that will thrive now and provide the seed source for a forest that is adapted to the climate 100-200 years into the future.

    Assisted migration, CT, Maria, New England, Planning, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Municipal, Upland hardwoods, Water resources

  • This project is used as a test case to apply adaptation principals to urban forest management at a suburban homeowners' association.

    Leslie, Start-Up, Urban, IL, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Urban, Private, Planting

  • Managers from the Three Rivers Park District natural resources program met with NIACS staff to use the adaptation workbook in December 2017. The considerations will be incorporated into future planning efforts.

    Leslie, Urban, Planning, County, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Savanna/ open woodland, Urban, Upland hardwoods, Landscape-scale planning, MN