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All of the National Park Service (NPS) units in the western Great Lakes Region will be affected by a changing climate.

These forested parks, near the current prairie-forest border, could be transformed to open savanna in the next century.

Addressing the potential impacts of climate change on lands in the National Park System is considered one of the highest priorities in the NPS (NPS 2010). Identifying trajectories that plant and animal species might take with climate change and how changes will affect natural resources, management, and visitor experience in the National Park Units in the Western Great Lakes Region is the focus of this project.