Foresters and natural resource professionals face a tremendous challenge: how can we develop and implement management actions that help ecosystems respond to climate change? This workshop was held in June 2018 at University of Connecticut for foresters and land managers.
Example Management Plans that Incorporate Climate Change
A variety of Adaptation Demonstrations have been developed to show how climate change considerations can be considered as part of land management activities. The following list provides some examples of projects that have included climate change as a component in a written forest management or forest stewardship plan. Copies of the plans are available as links at the bottom of each page. This template text can be used to start a climate change section within your own management plans.
- NorthWoods Stewardship Center: Building Ecological Resilience in Vermont's Working Landscape
- Warren Suchovsky: NRCS Forest Management Plan
- The Nature Conservancy: Caroline Lake Preserve
- Kestrel Land Trust: Buffam Brook Community Forest
- Vermont Land Trust: Hill-Robert Timber Sale
- Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department: Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area
Maria Janowiak is Deputy Director for the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. She coordinates for the New England Climate Change Response Framework, serving the states of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Maria has been working with land managers on issues related to climate change and adaptation since 2007.