the nature conservancy, New York

Climate Change Challenge: less water, worse drought

Grant Award: $166,925; Year Awarded: 2016

Tug Hill is the third largest forested area in New York. Its location at the southwestern corner of the Northern Appalachian ecoregion and its range of diverse geophysical characteristics makes Tug Hill a connected, permeable landscape critical to the facilitating species range shifts and reorganization of ecological communities as the climate changes. This project will promote forest resilience by improving regeneration of tree species that are adapted to projected future conditions, improving forest structure and increasing tree species diversity across 775 acres of the Tug Hill region with the ultimate goal of scaling up these activities to the entire 150,000 acre landscape.