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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Updated online forest adaptation resources now available

The Northern Institute for Applied Climate Science created the Adaptation Workbook as an online, interactive version of the practical workbook published in Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers. This year, we’ve re-launched the site with many new improvements, including: New resources that support urban forestry and agriculture projects, in addition to forest management projects An updated design for a […]

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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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