Benefits and services for which the forest is managed include early successional wildlife habitat, forest health, oak-hickory restoration, timber production, and public recreation. The DNR has designed and installed 10 interpretive trail signs that highlight climate vulnerabililty and adaptation actions around a variety of managment topics, including Best Management Practices, fall colors, forest succession, forest fire, hemlock forest, invasive species, shelterwood treatment, thinning treatment, and tree planting. This project was supported by the Forest Service Northern Research Station and Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry, and the signs include QR codes linking to the Climate Change Tree Atlas and information about the Honor Camp trail adaptation demonstration. Download the pdf for full sign text.
Climate Change Impacts
Challenges and Opportunities
Project participants used the Adaptation Workbook to develop several adaptation actions for this project, including:
3.2 Optimize timing of opportunities to align with changing conditions
3.3 Provide alternative means of access
4.1 Train employees to be aware of climate-exacerbated risks to public safety
2.1. Maintain or improve the ability of forests to resist pests and pathogens.
2.2. Prevent the introduction and establishment of invasive plant species and remove existing invasive species.
8.2. Favor existing genotypes that are better adapted to future conditions.
9.1. Favor or restore native species that are expected to be adapted to future conditions.
9.2. Establish or encourage new mixes of native species.
9.3. Guide changes in species composition at early stages of stand development.