Northern Forest Science and Applications

Adapting Forests for Changed Conditions

Diverse tree canopy.The Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States include 174 million acres of public and private forests that are important to jobs and the economy and vital to recreation and the regions' character. The Northern Forest Science and Application unit is collaborating with universities, foundations, industry, and state land management organizations to increase research on and demonstration of global change resistance, resilience, and transitional silvicultural strategies for northern forests.

What is Forest Adaptation?

Forest adaption is the strategic and deliberate use of management tactics to influence the composition and structure of forests. While change has been constant across the forests of the Northeast and Midwest, the pace of change today is unprecedented. Land managers can use adaptation techniques to help forests catch up to rapidly changing conditions, and our work provides the science on which those techniques are based.

What This Research Means

Our research informs the mosaic of Tribal, state, private and Federal land managers who are responsible for protecting the ecological integrity and long-term health/productivity of forests and associated wetland and aquatic ecosystems.

Selected Research Summaries


Last Modified: May 14, 2021