In the Great Lakes region, conventional forestry practices currently emphasize the regeneration of aspen-birch forests. Today’s forestry techniques, such as clear-cutting and planting white spruce or red pine, are likely to become commercially and ecologically unviable as many northern tree species decline under anticipated warmer, drier conditions. The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota is taking a first step in helping northern forests transition to an uncertain future by using a combination of management and planting that increases ecosystem complexity and bolsters forest resilience. This work is influencing the adaptive capacity across millions of acres in the Great Lakes region.
This project was made possible through the support of the Climate Adaptation Fund. Funding for this program is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation & Managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society.