Giving Nature a Nudge: An Assisted Migration Plan for the Superior National Forest

Registration details:

Advance registration is required. This meeting is free and will be recorded. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting after registering.


Assisted migration is the human-assisted movement of species in response to climate change. This idea can be controversial, because it challenges some of our long-held beliefs about ecosystem management, like local is best. The Superior National Forest is interested to explore this climate adaptation option for tree seed and tree species, but they want to proceed carefully and gather input from partners. James McFarland and Stephen Handler will explain why and how the Superior National Forest is creating an Assisted Migration Plan, and share some of the lessons learned to date.

Twin Ports Climate Conversations (TPCC) is a monthly opportunity for community dialogue about questions of climate change. TPCC covers different topics monthly, focusing on perspectives of climate change impacts, adaptation responses, and opportunities for mitigation and resilience. Join the conversation.


Stephen Handler, climate change specialist, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Northern Research Station and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science.

Available for questions:

James McFarland, natural resources staff officer, Superior National Forest.


Minnesota Sea Grant Resilience Extension Educator Madison Rodman.

Photo credit: Tony Webster.