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 planting conifer trees on hundreds of acres of forest in northern Maine in anticipation of climate change

    Maria, New England, Action, Demonstration Projects, ME, Private, Planting, Wildlife habitat

  • The Big Rock vegetation management project will address the potential environmental impacts due to creating early successional forest; enhancing the growth and mast production of forest stands; and increasing wildlife habitat diversity on the Gauley District of the Monongahela National Forest. The purpose of the Big Rock Project is to implement land management activities that are consistent with the Monongahela National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) and will help to bring the Forest closer to the desired condition. The desired condition relevant to this project is for a full range of forest age-classes of primarily hardwood trees and associated understories to be distributed in a mosaic pattern, thus providing for the habitat needs of a variety of wildlife species. Harvest of trees is expected to provide sustainably-produced timber to the market. Roads and trails systems provide access for recreation, administration, and management purposes, including transportation of forest products.

    Central Appalachians, Federal, Patricia, Planning, Early-successional habitat, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, WV

  • The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary is a privately-owned wildlife refuge with over 8,000 acres of upland forest and aquatic habitats located on the border of south central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. The Sanctuary is implementing actions to maintain forest habitats under a changing climate and sharing those experiences with other landowners through the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership.

    CT, Maria, New England, Flooding, Action, Demonstration Projects, MA, Private, Wildlife habitat, Forest threats

  • The Ohio Division of Forestry administers 21 state forests that vary in size from nearly 64,000 acres to less than 500 acres, covering a total more than 200,000 acres in 21 counties. These forests are managed for multiple uses including sustainable timber production, wildlife habitat, soil and water protection, and recreation. The Division of Forestry is committed to the sustainable management of Ohio State Forests and has committed to achieving and maintaining certification of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

    Central Appalachians, Patricia, Planning, State, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Recreation, OH, Soil, Water resources

  • Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is a 43,890 acre refuge in southern Illinois that provides significant resting areas for migratory birds utilizing the Mississippi Flyway and is visited by approximately 1 million people per year.

    Central Hardwoods, Federal, Leslie, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, IL, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Plantations, Upland hardwoods, Water resources, Wildlife habitat

  • Trout Unlimited New England is working with partners to implement a series of actions to help riparian forests and coldwater streams adapt to climate change.

    Maria, New England, Flooding, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Fish habitat, MA, Infrastructure, Private, Refugia, Restoration, VT, Water resources

  • Gogebic County Forestry and Parks Commission and the Gogebic Conservation District evaluated climate change risks and adaptation opportunities for an on-going wildlife habitat management project.

    Northwoods, Stephen, County, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, MI, Regeneration, Wildlife habitat

  • Superior National Forest staff considered climate change effects and possible adaptation actions for a large forest management project in far northern Minnesota.



    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Action, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN

  • The Red Lake Department of Natural Resources was accepted into the 2014 cohort of the Climate Solutions University program, a 10-month intensive curriculum designed to help rural communities prepare climate change adaptation plans. To help generate this community adaptation plan, Red Lake DNR staff attended a Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices workshop in July 2014 and used the Adaptation Workbook to consider risks, opportunities, and adaptation actions for major forest types and other natural resources across the reservation.

    Project Location The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe. The Red Lake Reservation encompasses over 840,000 acres of land and water which spans across eight...

    Agriculture/ Agroforestry, Northwoods, Stephen, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Tribal, MN

  • Superior National Forest staff considered climate change effects and possible adaptation actions for a large forest management and fuels reduction project.




    Federal, Northwoods, Stephen, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, MN