A new study suggests warming conditions could affect Wisconsin tree speciesSubmitted: 02/18/2020
Zack White
Zack White

A new study suggests warming conditions could affect Wisconsin tree species
A team of natural resource managers from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest used the Adaptation Workbook to evaluate the potential impacts of climate change on the Chequamegon-Nicolet's Twentymile Creek and Marengo River watershed.Impacts could make conditions less suitable to important tree species in Wisconsin, including the sugar maple,northern white cedar, and quaking aspen.

Potential impacts could also affect Wisconsin's agricultural sector, Wisconsin ranks 4th in the Nation for maple syrup production, according to the 2019 Wisconsin Agricultural Statistic.

Owner of Maple Hollow, Joe Polak said he doesn't see it as a big problem, he's only experienced the season starting earlier than usual.

"We all have to be ready sooner in the year," said Polak. "The producer has to prepare earlier than the calendar tells him."

Despite the new predictions, Polak said he hasn't seen any drastic changes in the Northwoods.
"Not for this part of the maple world," said Polak.

Polak said he is concerned for areas a little further south.

"It's drastic for the southern parts of the maple world, like southern Indiana, southern Ohio, and Kentucky," said Polak.

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