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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

Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework

Project Summary

[photo:] Hiawatha National Forest. The Climate Change Response Framework Project began in 2009 to provide information and resources for land managers in northern Wisconsin. This project was expanded to the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework in 2011 to cover 64 million acres across the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province within northern Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. The project's overall goals are to help land managers adapt ecosystems to changing climate, learn from partners across ownership boundaries, and rapidly incorporate science and monitoring information into management activities.

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

  • Provide a forum for people working across the Northwoods to share experiences and lessons learned.
  • Develop new user-friendly tools to help public and private land managers factor climate change considerations into decision making. Jump to publications>>
  • Support efforts by public land managers, private landowners, and others to implement new tools for addressing climate change.

Stephen Handler is coordinating the Northwoods Framework.

Products and Publications


The Northwoods Framework builds upon and expands a broad network of collaborators:

  • American Forest Foundation
  • Boreal Forest and Community Resilience Project
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
  • Chippewa National Forest
  • Department of Natural Resources in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin
  • Hiawatha National Forest
  • Huron-Manistee National Forest
  • Michigan Climate Coalition
  • Minnesota Forest Resource Council
  • Michigan Technological University, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • National Council for Air and Stream Improvement
  • Northeast Climate Science Center
  • Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters
  • Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
  • Ottawa National Forest
  • Portland State University, Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab
  • Superior National Forest
  • Trust for Public Land
  • The Nature Conservancy teams in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and the Great Lakes region
  • The Nature Conservancy LANDFIRE Team
  • University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Forest Landscape Ecology Lab
  • Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • USDA Forest Service Eastern Region
  • USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
  • USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station: Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences
  • USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
  • Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts

Last Modified: 01/02/2018