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Twin Ports Climate Conversation: Toward a Resilient and Connected Northwoods: A Vision for Restoration and Adaptation in Response to Climate Heating

Red maple leaves on forest floor

Credit: M. Thoms

October 20, 2020
Noon-1 p.m. CT
Webinar via Zoom


Advance registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to join the meeting.


Nature is on the move as warmer temperatures, increased flooding and other climate impacts alter and destroy habitats. Species are forced to search for new places to live. People who rely on healthy lands and waters for food, jobs and quality of life are also facing growing threats. Northern Minnesota is one of the most rapidly warming places in North America. Tools for adaptation to climate change is an urgent need for our Northwoods communities. The presenters will share The Nature Conservancy’s Resilient and Connected Lands mapping tool and discuss our collaborative approach to climate adaptation in northern forests. We will use these new data products to jumpstart a conversation about priorities for restoration and resilience of Minnesota’s forests. Finally, we will discuss results from two complementary adaptation strategies for forests -resilience and transition - and how these new maps can help inform where each should be deployed.


Mark White is the Lead Forest Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. White earned a B.A. from Antioch College and an M.S. in botany and plant ecology from Miami University. He also holds an adjunct appointment as Senior Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute. His work focuses on developing strategies to maintain functioning forests that continue to provide vital ecosystem services in this era of rapid climate change including carbon storage, water, and biodiversity.

Meredith Cornett is the Science Director for The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. She is also an adjunct member of the graduate faculty of the University of Minnesota’s Conservation Sciences and Forest Resources Programs. Cornett’s expertise lies in climate change, forest ecology, restoration and science communications. She currently leads the Tackling Climate Change initiative for the Conservancy’s local chapter. Meredith and family live in the Northwoods of Minnesota, where they tend beehives, harvest sunlight and coexist with neighbors both tame and wild.

Twin Ports Climate Conversations

Twin Ports Climate Conversations offer community dialogue engaging in questions of climate change. We cover different topics monthly, focusing on perspectives of climate change impacts, adaptation responses, and opportunities for mitigation and resilience. These conversations are organized, coordinated and facilitated by staff from multiple agencies. You are invited to join the conversation. More about TPCC.


Madison Rodman, Resilience Extension Educator, Minnesota Sea Grant, mrodman@umn.edu, 218-726-8536

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