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Assessing the Vulnerability of Northern Wisconsin's Forests to Climate Change

Assessing vulnerability of northern Wisconsin's Forests_Northern Wisconsin's ecosystems are vulnerable to climate change; the assessment provides important information to land managers. Tom Matthiae, Forest ServiceSnapshot : A team of scientists and managers from the Forest Service and other organizations assessed the vulnerability of northern Wisconsin forests to climate change. The assessment summarizes multiple scientific research efforts and synthesizes the issues most salient to land managers.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Swanston, Chris 
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2011
Highlight ID : 319


The potential effects of climate change on the forests of northern Wisconsin were assessed and summarized in a recent publication---The Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis. Scientists from the Northern Research Station and University of Wisconsin modeled climate change effects on forest productivity and the suitability of habitat for specific tree species as well as the potential changes in forests that are most important for land management. This assessment is part of the larger Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework project in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin, which is developing an integrated set of tools, partnerships, and actions to support climate-smart conservation and management.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Michigan Technological University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts

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