Webinar: Even the Healthiest Trees Harbor Fungi that will Eventually Kill Them

Tuesday, November 21 from noon to 1:00pm Even the healthiest trees harbor fungi and other microorganisms, including both pathogens (which weaken and kill organisms) and saprotrophs (which consume dead tissues).  In the era of DNA-based assessments, we are now learning that the diversity of these organisms in trees can be staggering. What we do not yet know, however, is how […]

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Avoid a Holiday Invasion!

Orange is okay, but give a yell for yellow! Native vine American bittersweet has orange seed capsules surrounding red berries in terminal clusters. Noxious invasive Oriental bittersweet has yellow seed capsules on berries along the length of the stem. Images: American bittersweet (LEFT) by Brett Whaley is licensed under CC BY-NC; Oriental bittersweet (RIGHT) by Esteve Conway is licensed under CC BY.   […]

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Webinar: Transitioning Black Ash Wetlands to an EAB Infested Future

Tuesday, October 17 from noon to 1:00pm Emerald ash borer is just now beginning to extend into the near mono-specific black ash (Fraxinus nigra) wetlands of the western Great Lakes region. Loss of ash from these forests may have profound changes on ecosystem structure and function. I discuss a project located on the Chippewa National Forest that is designed to […]

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Fall is a Good Time Check for Noxious Weeds and Invasive Species

Midwest residents may be seeing vines in area woodlands and field edges this fall with red berries and orange or yellow seed capsules. American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) is native, and has orange seed capsules with the seed clusters near the tips of the branches. Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) is invasive, and has yellow seed capsules with the seed clusters forming […]

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Fall control for EAB

The risk status for emerald ash borer was changed yesterday to low activity. This is a great time of year to inspect your ash trees and prune or remove any branches, stumps, or trees. Forest landowners who have a stewardship plan for their ash stands may be preparing for a harvest to reduce the percentage of ash on their property. […]

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Ecological Impact of White-tailed Deer on Our Forests

White-tailed deer are one of Minnesota’s most socially, economically and ecologically important critters. Their importance stems from their beauty, popularity as a prized big game animal, nutritious venison, useful hides, impressive antlers, and ability to create fun family hunting memories and boost revenue for local businesses and outdoor industries. However, deer also collide with vehicles, can damage gardens, crops and […]

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Webinar: SFEC at 20

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. The first offerings of what has become the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative were in 1997, giving us a 20 year history. Supported and advised by our members, SFEC has delivered continuing education programs to build skills, knowledge, relationships, and shared understanding in Minnesota’s diverse community of natural resource professionals. We will briefly review […]

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Spreading the news about a deadly invader

Do you ever feel hopeless when it comes to invasive species? Don’t despair—residents like you are making a difference! Minnesota has some of the most progressive and advanced systems in place to deal with invasives. We have well trained professionals, engaged volunteers, observant residents, smartphone apps, and call-in lines that allow for quick confirmation. An invasion of poison hemlock in […]

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