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.

  • The Nature Conservancy is promoting forest resilience by improving regeneration of tree species that are adapted to projected future conditions; improving forest structure; and increasing tree species diversity across 775 acres of Tug Hill in northern New York.

    Assisted migration, Maria, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, NGO, Upland hardwoods, Planting, Refugia, NY, Regeneration, Soil

  • Using climate science models and species composition data from New York City, the Natural Areas Conservancy and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation will develop a tool that matches species expected to thrive in future climate scenarios and apply the tool to upcoming restoration projects in NYC thus increasing forest resilience.

    Leslie, Urban, Action, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Municipal, NGO, Urban, Upland hardwoods, Planting, Refugia, NY, Restoration

  • Hennepin County is using a gravel bed nursery and growing southern species to increase its canopy diversity. The gravel bed nursery can hold 1,500 trees per year, and the trees are planted at county facilities and along county roads. These trees are replacing ash trees that will be lost to emerald ash borer and and will ensure a diverse landscape for the future. Hennepin County is also collecting seeds from more southern locations and beginning to grow trees that are more adapted to a warmer climate.

    Assisted migration, Leslie, Urban, Action, County, Demonstration Projects, Urban, MN, Planting

  • The NorthWoods Stewardship Center has a mission of “connecting people and place through science, education and action.” Conservation, land management and education programs are concentrated in northeastern Vermont at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center's working forest and extend throughout New England. This project was intended to revisit the 2015 forest management plan and decide if any modifications should be made in regard to climate change adaptation.

    Maria, New England, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, NGO, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, VT

  • This forest on Prudence Island has been degraded by forest pests and invasive species, and work is underway to develop a strategy to restore healthy forest conditions while also adapting to climate change.

    Drought, Maria, New England, Coastal, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Upland hardwoods, Restoration, RI

  • Ducks Unlimited, along with the National Wild Turkey Federation and state and federal partners are implementing science-based adaptation strategies to increase bottomland hardwood forest resilience to predicted changes in regional climate regimes, with a specific focus on the Mississippi River and Cache River Bottoms of southern Illinois and Patoka River Bottoms of southwestern Indiana.

    Central Hardwoods, Federal, Leslie, Flooding, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Action, IL, Demonstration Projects, Wetlands, Infrastructure, Landscape-scale planning, Restoration, Wildlife habitat

  • The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe is interested in ways to proactively anticipate threats from climate change in order to maintain forest health.

    CT, Maria, New England, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal

  • Staff from the Forestry Division of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and management opportunities for timber sale on state forest land. This project focused on stream crossings on the main access road used for forest management activities.

    Maria, New England, Flooding, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, MA, Upland hardwoods, Water resources

  • The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is using forest management to improve the condition of ash forests and reduce risks in anticipation of the invasive emerald ash borer beetle.

    Maria, New England, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Wetlands, Tribal, NY, Water resources

  • Paul Smith’s College is interested in how its 12,000-acre forest may be affected by climate change and how forest management can enhance its ability to adapt.

    Lowland/ wetland conifers, Maria, New England, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Upland conifers, Private, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, NY