Northwoods

The Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework covers 64 million acres of northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan within Ecological Province 212 (Laurentian Mixed Forest) of the National Hierarchical Framework of Ecological Units. Provinces are broad geographic areas that share similar coarse features, such as climate, glacial history, and vegetation types. The shaded area on the map shows Ecological Province 212, a rich mosaic of water features and forests characterized by past glacial activity and Great Lakes climate. This diverse landscape is also a transition between the northern boreal forests and the southern hardwood forests. The unshaded areas are outside the scope of the Northwoods Framework.

To meet the challenges brought about by climate change, a team of federal and state land management agencies, private forest owners, conservation organizations, and others have come together to accomplish three objectives:

  1. Provide a forum for people working across the Northwoods to effectively and efficiently share experiences and lessons learned.
  2. Develop new user-friendly tools to help public and private land managers factor climate change considerations into decision making.
  3. Support efforts by public land managers, private landowners, and others to implement new tools for addressing climate change impacts in the Northwoods.

You can learn more about the activities of the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework by viewing the state pages for Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan or by using the menu above to explore Partnerships, Vulnerability Assessments, Forest Adaptation Resources, and Demonstration Projects in the Northwoods.