The goal of this project is to establish a central oak-pine forest on the site that will be resilient to climate change and other impacts. The forest will also include blight-resistant American chestnut, restoring a species that was once part of forests in this landscape. Measurable objectives include:
- 50 oaks and chestnuts saplings established by year 10
- 35 saplings of native woody species other than oak and chestnut by year 10
- 70% canopy cover by year 40, with no area having less than 40% cover
- Minimize invasive species competition (<5% of cover)
- Eradication of spotted lantern fly
Challenges and Opportunities
Project participants used the Adaptation Workbook to develop several adaptation actions for this project. Because this project is reforesting a denuded site, there are opportunities to create forest communities that are well-adapted to future conditions. Managers at the site are considering how to factor climate change considerations into species selection, which includes planting resident species (i.e., those that are currently present locally) expected to be tolerant of predicted conditions, as well as seeding and planting more southerly species that are projected to expand north. If properly implemented, the forest that grows on this site will be uniquely suited to future conditions and act as a seed source for range expansion.