Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework
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.
To learn more about this project, partners and associated products, please visit forestadaptation.org.
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.
- Forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis for northern Wisconsin and western Upper Michigan describes climate change risks and opportunities for forests under a range of future climate scenarios. Two global climate models, three forest impact models, hundreds of scientific papers, and forest manager expertise were combined to assess the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems. More than 30 researchers and forest managers contributed to the assessment.
- Minnesota Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis describes climate change risks and opportunities for forests in northern Minnesota under a range of future climate scenarios. Two global climate models, three forest impact models, hundreds of scientific papers, and forest manager expertise were combined to assess the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems in the assessment area.
- Michigan Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis evaluates key ecosystem vulnerabilities to climate change under a range of future climate scenarios. More than 30 scientists and forest managers collaborated to assess the vulnerability of forest ecosystems in Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula.
- Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate change tools and approaches for land managers provides perspectives, information, and tools to help managers incorporate climate change considerations into management and adapt forest ecosystems in northern Wisconsin to a changing climate.
- An Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis was created to evaluate key ecosystem vulnerabilities in northern Wisconsin under a range of future climate uncertainty using existing models and information.
- A Mitigation Assessment was developed to consider the potential for different forest carbon mitigation options in northern Wisconsin.
- Partnership efforts are vital in all Northwoods Framework activities. As part of the initial activities in Wisconsin, the Shared Landscapes Initiative and Science Applications and Needs workshops helped launch new partnerships.
- Climate change science applications and needs in forest ecosystem management: a workshop organized as part of the northern Wisconsin Climate Change Response Framework Project summarizes key findings from the 2010 Climate Change Science Applications and Needs workshop for northern Wisconsin.
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