Propagating Woody Plants in the Spring

There are several ways to propagate woody plants using stem cuttings: Herbaceous: Cuttings come from non-woody herbaceous plants; Softwood: Cuttings come from new growth of woody plants just after leafing out in the spring; Semi-hardwood: Cuttings from partially mature wood, usually July to fall; Hardwood: Cuttings taken from dormant (before budding) mature woody stems in late fall winter or early […]

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Webinar: EAB and Minnesota’s Ash Resource

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, noon – 1:15 p.m. Emerald ash borer threatens Minnesota’s ash resource. This two-part presentation will include an update on the status of EAB in Minnesota and relevant quarantines from Mark Abrahamson, EAB program lead at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. We’ll then transition to case studies of silvicultural interventions to inform future ash management options. These presentations […]

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Researchers test drones to spot invasive plants in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Researchers with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the University of Minnesota Extension are turning to the skies to help spot and stop invasive plants from spreading across the state. A new project is examining the capacity of drones to help scientists find areas of the state that are being destroyed by Oriental bittersweet. Oriental […]

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Registration now open for Master Woodland Owner: Metro!

The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry Team is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a new Master Woodland Owner course being offered for landowners in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. This hybrid course will meet both online and in-person, and concurrent registration for a day of workshops at the Gathering Partners of Natural Resources conference in St. […]

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Webinar: Two scales are better than one – how to monitor forests for adaptive management without breaking the bank

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, noon – 1:00 p.m. For those of us who manage forests for multiple, often conflicting values, monitoring poses some unique challenges. Pair that complexity with the uncertainty of climate change and we have to get really creative to find affordable monitoring solutions that get us enough information to answer basic questions. We will give a step-by-step overview […]

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Pruning Apple Trees and Woody Plant Control

Pruning trees–especially apple trees–is recommended between January and March each year to avoid potential disease and insect problems during the summer months. This winter period is also an excellent time to control unwanted or invasive woody trees and shrubs such as buckthorn, Siberian elm, Japanese barberry, and oriental bittersweet. Pruning Apple Trees For pruning apple trees, you want to prune […]

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Webinar: Status of Minnesota’s Forest Health

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, noon – 1:00 p.m. Every year insects and diseases kill large numbers of Minnesota’s trees. Through aerial surveys, ground surveys, and in-depth site investigations, the Minnesota DNR’s forest health team strives to track what insects and diseases are most damaging to our forests, which ones are on the rise, and which ones are on the downswing. This […]

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2017 Forestry Webinar Series

We are pleased to announce our 2017 webinar series. Each session includes a 45-minute presentation and live questions and answers. There are two ways to participate: Watch live on your computer for a small fee or with others at a local broadcast site at no charge. Each webinar will be recorded and posted on the SFEC YouTube Channel.  Recordings are typically available within one week of the live broadcast. […]

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Pileated Woodpecker – Dapper Drummer

An increase in woodpecker calls and drumming will soon mark the advance of spring. One of those noise makers will be the pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus), one of our largest, most dapper forest birds. A native, year-round resident, it’s mostly black with bold white stripes, a triangular flaming red crest, long chisel-like bill, body up to 19 inches long, and […]

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