New Project to Evaluate Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Northern Wisconsin

(St. Paul, MN) – The Great Lakes Forest Alliance has initiated a project to review the potential impacts of changing climate conditions on Northern Wisconsin. The assessment will consider the economic and social impacts to the forest sector and other important parts of the local economy that are forest and climate dependent, such as outdoor tourism and recreation.


“Recent studies in the region have identified potential ecological impacts of climate change, and this project will apply that information and other data to provide an assessment of economic and social impacts,” said Mike Prouty, Executive Director for the Great Lakes Forest Alliance.


Dovetail Partners, a non-profit environmental think-tank based in Minneapolis, will be managing the project and leading the research on behalf of the Alliance and its partners. The project will include a review of existing data and current conditions, development of potential “what-if” scenarios for the future, and a discussion of impacts and recommendations.


“The forest sector of the Great Lakes region has retooled several times in the past in response to changing conditions, including forest changes and marketplace changes. The potential impacts from a changing climate  create new challenges as well as the opportunity for thoughtful analysis and planning,” said Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners.


The project is to be completed by late-2013 and results will be shared widely. Project funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Forest Service – Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry.


Anyone interested in learning more about the project or providing input is invited to contact Dovetail Partners at or 612-333-0430.



About the Great Lakes Forest Alliance
The Great Lakes Forest Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to foster and facilitate cooperative efforts that enhance management and sustainable use of public and private forest lands in Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario, and Wisconsin.