The Chippewa National Forest (CNF) is participating in a study called the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) Network. The goals of this project are to test different silvicultural approaches to climate change and forest health adaptation that will also serve as useful examples across the U.S. and Canada.
The National ASCC Network leads worked with the Chippewa National Forest and local partners to design and implement a silvicultural study for climate change adaptation on the Cutfoot Experimental Forest in Minnesota.
The installation on the Chippewa National Forest Cutfoot Experimental Forest was the first ASCC project site to be planned and implemented. The Cutfoot Experimental Forest covers approximately 3,000 acres, the majority which consists of natural-origin red pine stands. The stands identified for the ASCC project are dominated by red pine that originated following a fire roughly 100 years ago.
Site Leads & Partners:
Brian Palik (USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station) is the site lead for the Cutfoot Experimental Forest ASCC project site. Key partners include the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the Chippewa National Forest, Linda Nagel (Utah State University), Tony D'Amato (University of Vermont), Miranda Curzon (Iowa State University), and Rebecca Montgomery, Jamie Mosel, Josh Kragthorpe (University of Minnesota).