Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest: Aspen Stands on the Park Falls District

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Evaluation
National Forest staff incorporated climate change considerations into the silvicultural prescriptions for two aspen stands, and harvest activities occurred in 2014 and 2015.

Project Area

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, like much of northern Wisconsin and the Northwoods, contains a large amount of aspen forest. This boreal forest type, which has substantial ecological and economic importance to the region, may be especially vulnerable to a changing climate. This adaptation project evaluated the potential effects of a changing climate on two aspen stands, which led to adjustments to the silvicultural prescriptions. These changes are intended to help these stands adapt to anticipated changes, as well as provide a real-world example of how forest management can enhance adaptation to climate change.

Management Goals

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods and has been a key partner in the Climate Change Response Framework since its inception. The adaptation work described here is just one of several activities underway on the Forest to show the wide variety of ways in which climate change considerations can be incorporated into sustainable forest and natural resource management activities.

Climate Change Impacts

A team of natural resource managers and climate change specialists from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science used the Adaptation Workbook from Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers to evaluate the potential impacts of climate change on the two aspen stands and suggest a variety of actions that could enhance forest resilience to climate change under a wide range of future conditions.

Adaptation Actions

One adaptation demonstration evaluated the potential effects of a changing climate on two aspen stands on the National Forest. A team of natural resource managers and climate change specialists from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science evaluated the potential impacts of climate change on the two stands and identified a variety of actions that could enhance forest resilience to climate change under a wide range of future conditions. As a result, small changes were made to the silvicultural prescriptions for these stands to reduce risks to these stands from climate change. The stands are now marked and under contract, with harvest anticipated in winter 2013-2014. Additionally, a set of monitoring metrics was identified that can help evaluate the effectiveness of adaptation actions.

 

Aspen Stands on the Park Falls District: A Climate Change Adaptation Demonstration Project from NIACS on Vimeo.

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Keywords

Upland hardwoods, Management plan

Last Updated

Tuesday, May 15, 2018