Climate trends in northern Minnesota point to a future that will be warmer and more variable, presenting greater stress for boreal species such as paper birch, white spruce, and balsam fir. Early public feedback on the proposed North Shore Forest Restoration Project indicated that it should include a robust assessment of potential climate change impacts. The project team used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and adaptation actions. As a result, the project team made some important modifications to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of the forests in the project area. These modifications range from identifying north-facing slopes and cold pockets where paper birch may fare better in the future, to restoring poor-quality birch stands with species such as white pine and northern red oak that may do better under future climates. Read more about the the project on the Climate Change Response Framework website.
For more than 200 examples of climate change adaptation in forests of the Midwest and northeast, see forestadaptation.org