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

Woodland owners learn about sharp-tailed grouse habitat, a species found in in northwestern and east-central Minnesota.

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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Webinar: Minnesota’s New Private Forest Management Framework

Thursday, September 22, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. John Carlson, Private Forest Management Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, will provide an update on Minnesota’s new private forest management framework. Speaker: John Carlson, MN DNR – Forestry Registration: Register here to watch online or attend one of the broadcast site locations for free. Update: Watch […]

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Webinar: Natural resource applications of unmanned aerial systems

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Unmanned aerial systems (also referred to as UAVs or drones) have a variety of natural resources applications including forest mapping, inventory, photography, disturbance assessment, wildlife assessment, and perhaps even timber sale administration. This brief presentation will introduce common UAS formats, their capabilities and limitations, and the status of rapidly changing regulations and […]

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Elk in Minnesota – A Balanced, Restoration Success

two bull elk from Grygla herd during aerial survey by Marshall Deter MN DNR

It was a perfect fall day near the Canadian border on Caribou Wildlife Management Area. While posting boundary in the golden aspen parklands landscape, suddenly there they were – a cow and calf elk. This encounter was my first with elk and a magnificent moment to recall. These stately, native creatures were once common on our prairies and in our […]

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Minnesota Family Forest Owners Rule! Survey highlights the challenges they face

guest post by Sarah Butler, Research Fellow at the Family Forest Research Center If we are interested in the conservation of the forests and woods of the United States, we must be interested in those who control its fate: the forest and woodland owners. Woodland owners make decisions related to land use and forest management that impact the forest and […]

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July 2016 webinar: Forest disturbances in Minnesota

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Nearly two million acres of Minnesota’s 17 million acres of forests were impacted by some kind of disturbance over the past five years. These disturbances include damage from weather, insects and diseases, fire and animal damage such as deer browse. This webinar will offer perspectives on the impacts of these disturbances across […]

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