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Northern Research Station
11 Campus Blvd., Suite 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
(610) 557-4017
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Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework

Project Summary

[photo:] Central hardwood forest.The Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework covers 42 million acres of southern Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana within Ecological Province 222 (Eastern Broadleaf Forest-Continental) 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 portion of Ecological Province 222 within the analysis area is a mosaic of natural communities characterized by oak-hickory forests, woodlands and savannas.

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A team representing federal and state land management agencies, private forest owners, conservation organizations, and others from Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri have come together to accomplish three objectives:

  • Provide a forum to share the experiences and lessons learned of managers and scientists regarding forest management and climate change in the Central Hardwoods region of Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri.
  • Develop new user-friendly tools that can help public and private land managers include climate change considerations in decision-making, including a forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and a forest adaptation resources document.
  • Support efforts by public land managers, private landowners, and conservation organizations to put these new tools to work on the ground across the Central Hardwoods region.

Leslie Brandt is coordinating the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework.

Products and Publications

  • The Central Hardwoods Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis summarizes climate change vulnerability of trees and forest ecosystems across the Missouri Ozarks, southern Illinois, and Southern Indiana. Download report here.
  • For an overview of key results from the Vulnerability Assessment, download the four-page technical summary here.
  • Presentations and other materials can be downloaded at


  • American Bird Conservancy
  • Central Hardwoods Joint Venture
  • GIS and Spatial Analysis Laboratory at University of Missouri
  • Gulf Coast Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • Hoosier National Forest
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Resource Conservation
  • L-A-D Foundation
  • Mark Twain National Forest
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • MTU School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
  • Shawnee National Forest
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • USDA Forest Service Eastern Region
  • USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
  • USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
  • USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station: Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences

Last Modified: 01/02/2018