Climate change poses new challenges and opportunities for natural resource management agencies, including Native American Tribes. When climate changes occurred in precolonial times, tribes could migrate along with the culturally significant species they depended on. Today tribes are frequently tied to particular areas of land (e.g. reservations). With many culturally significant species in Michigan threatened by climate change, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians is taking a proactive approach with one of their forests in the northern lower peninsula. Since 2016 they have been planting native trees and shrubs, using species and/or genetic stock from warmer climate zones. Overall survival of planted trees and shrubs has been high (80-90%), though there is substantial variation among species. Tree establishment methods and lessons learned will be discussed.
Helping a Forest Adapt to Climate Change Through Assisted Migration
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians