Agroforestry in the spotlight: New ways for old terrain

There’s an old saying that it is hard to see the forest for the trees, but some Minnesota farmers look to the trees to help increase agricultural productivity and address environmental issues, including water quality. They aren’t simply managing the trees; they are intentionally combining trees with forage and livestock systems. Lifelong farmer Dan Caughey and his family raise beef […]

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Decision support for community-based deer management

Communities around the United States are struggling with problems related to deer. These include deer-vehicle collisions, tick-borne illnesses, and damage to woodlands, landscaping, and other natural areas. A new online resource provides support to local leaders who are searching for practical guidance to navigate contentious deer management issues. The Community Deer Advisor offers a process for structuring local deer management […]

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Coming Soon: Master Woodland Owner Laurentian Cohort

We are pleased to announce the next cohort of our Master Woodland Owner program. Opening in spring 2017, the Laurentian cohort will be focusing on private forest management for folks living near or interested in Minnesota’s north woods. Three face-to-face meetings will take place during the course of the year, and all will take place at or near the Laurentian Environmental […]

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Our Minnesota Forest Gems

What’s an expansive way to provide quality wildlife habitat in Minnesota’s forests? Encourage landowners and businesses to use sustainable, responsible management and procurement practices on, or “certify”, nearly 8.4 million acres of public and private forests. Then identify the most outstanding and critical of those acres for management of their high conservation values. Voila! Quality forest management equals healthy, diverse […]

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Webinar: Minnesota’s changing forests from 1935 to today

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. The first statewide forest survey in 1935 has been restored and compared with forest conditions of today. Findings show the evolution of forest survey focus and methodology and dramatic changes in forest conditions from a young forest arising from widespread disturbance to an older forest today. These changes have important implications for […]

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Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) – The Tree Fox

Gray Fox

Cat or Dog?   The gray fox is a member of the dog family, Canidae, like red fox, coyotes and wolves.  But it behaves more like a member of the cat family with its unusual and useful tree climbing skill to escape predators, find safe resting spots and obtain food.  They have been observed 32 feet high!  Extremely sharp, curved, semi-retractable […]

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Webinar: Update on northern long-eared bat research in Minnesota

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. The northern long-eared bat has seen much attention over the past several years during its proposed listing under the Endangered Species Act. The MN Department of Natural Resources, USDA – Forest Service, and University of Minnesota, Duluth have been collecting information on the bat’s habitat and distribution across Minnesota for several years. […]

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Harvest for habitat, harvest for forest health: Over 70 landowners and service providers meet in the East Iron Range

On September 30, 2016 over 70 woodland owners and service providers met in Iron Junction, MN to discuss opportunities for managing private woodlands. At this Forestry Field Day, woodland owners and service providers discussed options available promote wildlife habitat and forest health. The day began in the morning with an open house with presentations by service providers. These presentations included information on […]

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Webinar: Oak and fire in Minnesota forests

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Oak forests and savannas provide valuable ecosystem services including timber production and wildlife habitat. Historically, fire has played an important role in the development, maintenance, and distribution of oak forests across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. This webinar will focus on the advantages and limitations of using fire in oak-dominated forests, drawing […]

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