Forests of the Future in the Fundy Biosphere Reserve
New! Planting Guide for a Climate Change Resilient Forest
By planning ahead for climate change and planting tree species that have a better chance to thrive, we can help ensure that there will be healthy and beautiful trees in our neighborhoods and parks as well as in the forest, to be enjoyed by generations to come. If you would like to plant trees on your land, please take a look at our informative pamphlet below.
There are also many great resources on how to plant trees and how to ensure trees remain healthy and thrive on the Trees Canada website.
Our Work - Climate Change Resilient Forests
Since 2013, the Fundy Biosphere Reserve has shifted its climate change work to focus on conservation and ensuring forest health in our region.
Through our Climate Change Resilient Forest Corridors Project, we have identified climate change resilient tree species and mapped out where those species are currently located within the Biosphere Reserve.
In the summer of 2014, we planted 2,500 climate resilient trees in key areas in the reserve to create forest corridors between the Reserve's protected areas. These corridors will allow wildlife to pass through more easily and also ensure that the forests continue to thrive as the climate changes.
We also hosted free outdoor workshops, where we presented our research and connected with the public, encouraging communities and local landowners to plant climate resilient tree species on their lands.
We continue to work closely with communities within the FBR. We’ve hosted open houses and other events to share climate change adaptation expertise and materials and we continue to disseminate our research findings. Many communities in the FBR are developing Green Plans or Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSPs), and can benefit from more information about climate change adaptation planning.
Research report and maps - Climate Change Resiliency in Tree Species in the Fundy Biosphere Reserve
Our report provides details of how our research on climate change resiliency in tree species within the Fundy Biosphere Reserve was carried out and gives all the project results. Tables and figures give important analysis of the results, including non-native species from southern Maine. A range of results for different climate change scenarios and various time periods are provided. Most importantly, the context of the recommendations are outlined.
Read the report here: Climate Change Resiliency in Tree Species in the Fundy Biosphere Reserve Region
Click on the maps below to enlarge and/or download.
This "Resiliency Category Map" (below) illustrates the overall climate change resiliency score for each forest stand. Although there are five categories, only the categories of "prosper", "persevere", and "decline" are displayed here because we have so little forest in the extreme categories. Keep in mind this map provides results for a moderate climate change scenario (RCP 4.5) during the 2041-2070 period. Do you see what you expected?
This "Resiliency Percentage Map" (below) exhibits the individual forest stand percentages of trees that fall into the top two climate change resiliency categories of "proliferate" and "persevere." This map also provides results for a moderate climate change scenario (RCP 4.5) during the 2041-2070 period. Notice that the most resilient forest matches the other map with the most highly resilient blue shaded forests on top of the Caledonia Highlands.
This "Forest Corridors Map" (below) presents the areas where wildlife corridors would best be placed so they stay forested and healthy into the future. These corridors would allow wildlife to shift territories, migrate and transition to more appropriate climatic zones as the climate changes. Our forest resiliency layer was combined with a landscape resiliency layer as the basis for corridor placement, connecting protected areas and areas outside the FBR. This is a first draft of the corridor map and we are looking for your feedback and how we can incorporate "working lands" into an effective wildlife corridor system. Do you own land in these proposed corridors? What kind of wildlife do you see there?