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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Spruce budworm in Minnesota: new fact sheet and resources

A new fact sheet from the University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources can help forestry professionals, landowners, and others develop strategies for managing spruce budworm outbreaks. Eastern spruce budworm: Management approaches in Minnesota’s forests discusses the life cycle and symptoms of spruce budworm and management strategies to maintain healthy and productive spruce-fir forests in Minnesota. In Minnesota, […]

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Are you a woodland owner? Help contribute to a new survey

Are you a woodland owner? Are you interested in participating in a research project designed to learn about how private woodland owners think about and engage with their land? In collaboration with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Harvard Forest is looking for participants for a research study investigating how private woodland owners think about and engage with their land. This project […]

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June 2016 webinar: Importance of managed forests to Minnesota’s forest birds

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Managed forests provide important breeding habitat for over 100 species of birds in Minnesota. This presentation will discuss the influence of site and landscape factors on forest bird distributions and dynamics in managed forests. The consequences of forest management and timber sale designs will be discussed. Speaker: Alexis Grinde, UMD – Natural […]

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Thinking like an investor: why diverse forests are a good bet for an uncertain future

Typical sub-boreal forest along Lake Superior's north shore

A big part of my job is to talk with forest landowners about their investments. So, am I a stock broker? No. A financial advisor? Nope. A real estate salesman? Wrong again. I’m a climate change specialist with the USDA Forest Service and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and my job is to help foresters and landowners prepare […]

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A fresh look for MyMinnesotaWoods

You may have noticed that things are a little different around here. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to give you a better experience at MyMinnesotaWoods, starting with a fresh coat of paint on our website. With the new design, and more robust navigation and search options, we hope that you find your visits to our website much easier […]

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Selecting fruit and nut producing plants for your landscape

There are many benefits to planting trees and shrubs in your landscape. Trees take in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen in a harmonious relationship with breathing animals and humans. “One acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and produces 4 tons of oxygen. Enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” (USDA) Trees improve soil and water […]

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