Adaptation Demonstrations

A large number of adaptation demonstrations have been developed to provide examples of how climate change has been integrated into real-world management and conservation projects. The following presentations highlight just a few of these projects.


Spruce Grouse Habitat on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

In this example, a team from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest considered a forest-wide management topic, rather than a specific management area. Spruce grouse habitat was identified as a potential issue because it is a relatively rare species in the region and many of the tree species that form it's habitat are projected to experience substantial declines as a result of climate change. This example is featured in chapter 4 of Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate change tools and approaches for land managers.



Climate-Informed Restoration in Florence County

Florence County and neighboring areas contain large forested areas on sandy, nutrient-poor sites. This project covers nearly 400 acres of forest that has experienced significant mortality in recent years. As many as 90% of the trees in these stands were dead, due to a combination of drought and forest pests like two-lined chestnut borer. Florence County forest managers worked with numerous partners to restore these forests in a way that will also increase their ability to adapt to future conditions. Read the demonstration summary.



Responding to Oak Wilt on the Menominee Forest

Managers of the Menominee Forest are concerned about many forest health issues, including pests, diseases, and invasive species, which can reduce forest productivity and function. Additionally, these issues can be made worse when they are combined with the effects of a changing climate. This adaptation demonstration focused on identifing actions to restore a number of oak wilt treatment sites on the Menominee Reservation. Read the demonstration summary.