Northwoods forests will be affected by a changing climate during this century, but individual tree species will respond uniquely to climate change, depending on their particular silvics and ecological tolerances. These handouts summarize general climate change projections for tree species across several large landscapes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan based on future projections from the Climate Change Tree Atlas. The general trends derived from these models can be combined with local knowledge and management experience to judge risk on a particular site. Find the regional vulnerability assessments for a detailed analysis and summary. 

The following documents provide summarized lists of projected tree species responses to climate change. 

  • Northern Minnesota 
  • Northern Wisconsin and the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan
  • Eastern Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan
  • Southern Michigan
  • Southern Wisconsin
  • Separate handouts are available for individual Ecological Sections in Minnesota, Northern Wisconsin, Southern Wisconsin, and Michigan