The Bay Mills Indian Community does not have a history of active management on Sugar Island, so this project will represent a noteworthy first step for the tribe. Staff members focused on the property owned by BMIC for this project, and their management goals included:
- managing for wildlife habitat (primarily deer)
- managing for high-quality sugar maple for maple syrup production
- maintaining forest cover in lowland hardwood forests following emerald ash borer invasion and preventing conversion to open wetlands
Climate Change Impacts
Project participants used the Adaptation Workbook to develop several adaptation actions for this project, including:
9.7. Introduce species that are expected to be adapted to future conditions.
Bay Mills staff will also be investigating options for gathering baseline data on wildlife use of the property and sap production.