Poison hemlock spreading across Minnesota

Poison hemlock is an invasive plant native to Europe and North Africa that is highly toxic (i.e., fatal) to humans and livestock. It has been recorded in isolated pockets of Minnesota, and appears to be spreading quickly in the St. Charles and Lanesboro areas. Learn how to identify poison hemlock and its common look-alikes; discover management and disposal strategies; and […]

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Master Woodland Owners engaged in woodland stewardship throughout Minnesota

The Master Woodland Owner program began in 2016 as a comprehensive landowner education program for woodland owners. Offered through the University of Minnesota Extension, the program teaches private woodland owners the ins and outs of forest health, monetizing woodlands, managing woods for recreation and wildlife, estate planning and taxes, and more. At the Gathering Partners of Natural Resources conference held […]

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Gathering Partners conference brings people and programs together

Packing handout bags at the Gathering Partners of Natural Resources conference 2017

In a large conference center dining room, lunch has ended and people in the crowd are shouting names of Minnesota cities. “Mankato!” “Duluth!” “Bemidji!” Extension Educator Amy Rager gives them a hint. “It’s north of Highway 10 on a lake…” “Brainerd!” a voice yells from the back. And with that guess, the next location for the annual Gathering Partners of […]

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Webinar: Timber Harvesting and Wildlife Habitat

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Minnesota’s abundant forest ecosystems provide habitat for numerous native wildlife species. These critters in turn provide us opportunity for viewing, harvest, and enjoyment, as well as filling important roles in our forests to keep them healthy.  Thoughtful forest management and harvest improves habitat quality, however the amount of harvest on family-owned land is down […]

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Webinar: Life Cycle Assessment – An Essential Tool for Determining Environmental Impacts

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Accurate determination of environmental impacts linked to products, and associated raw material procurement and manufacturing processes, requires the use of definitive, scientifically-based tools in accordance with rigorous universal standards. Environmental life cycle assessment, or LCA, has become the tool of choice for determination of impacts. Sometimes referred to as “cradle to grave” analysis, […]

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Silvopasture workshop coming to Central Minnesota

University of Minnesota Extension will be offering a two day workshop on silvopasture opportunities, benefits, and techniques. Participants will be able to meet silviculture practitioners and researchers, and will learn more about this method of sustainable agroforestry. The workshop will be held June 16-17, 2017 in Brainerd & Fort Ripley, MN. For more information and a link to register, visit […]

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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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