Webinar: Understanding family forest landowners in the Lake States

Tuesday August 20, 2019 from noon-1pm central Across the United States, family forest landowners control more forests than any other ownership group. This is particularly evident in the Lake States where family forest landowners own and make decisions on approximately 25 million acres of forests. The activities and reasons for owning forests range considerably across this ownership group, from forest […]

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Hard-working hybrid poplars

What potential uses could you find for a fast-growing tree?  Have you ever wanted to quickly produce shade on your property, create a privacy screen, or a windbreak? Our May 7 blog, “Agriculture and forestry can provide mutual benefits,” talked about the benefits that trees can bring to agricultural land. Practices such as windbreaks, riparian buffers, silvopasture, and alley cropping bring many […]

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You don’t want to be underneath this mistletoe: the eastern spruce dwarf mistletoe

by Fred Baker, Emeritus Professor and Forest Pathologist, Utah State University Eastern spruce dwarf mistletoe is a disease that kills trees quickly, with most trees dying within 20 years. In Minnesota, this mistletoe typically affects black spruce, an important species to the state’s forest products industry and landscape.   The dwarf mistletoe disrupts a tree’s physiology in incredible ways. The most […]

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Webinar: Understanding Treaty Rights and Obligations

Tuesday, May 21 from noon-1pm central Treaty rights and obligations are simultaneously fundamentally important and significantly under-appreciated. When it comes down to it, treaty relationships between Indigenous nations and the United States form the basic structures through which governance takes place. This is particularly salient in the context of natural resource stewardship. This webinar will present and explore key concepts […]

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Keep an eye on your spruces during our rainy spring

Cool weather and heavy spring rains can provide suitable conditions for needle cast diseases to infect spruce. Needle cast diseases can be spotted by the discoloration of older needles on spruce, while the current year’s foliage is not affected. Infected trees appear barren close to the stem, especially on lower branches. The pathogens which cause needle casts overwinter on living […]

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Agriculture and forestry can provide mutual benefits

May is Arbor Month, but it isn’t just foresters who get to celebrate! Did you know that trees can be incorporated in many agricultural systems? The intentional integration of trees or shrubs with crops and animals in the same area is called agroforestry, and it results in a more diverse agricultural operation, increased profits, and conservation habitat improvement. Agroforestry requires putting […]

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