Menominee Tribal Enterprises manages 220,000 acres of forest land for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. MTE is currently concerned with many forest health issues, which may worsen when combined with the effects of a changing climate.
Treatments to reduce the spread of oak wilt disease on the Menominee Reservation have resulted in a large number of sites that have been heavily disturbed, with trees removed and stumps extracted from the soil to prevent spread of the disease. Forestry professionals from Menominee Tribal Enterprises are using the reforestation of some of these sites as an opportunity to increase forest diversity and introduce species that are expected to be better-adapted to future climates. Watch the video to see how they worked with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science to incorporate climate change in their plans to reforest oak wilt treatment sites.