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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May 2016 webinar: EAB and woodland ash

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. With recent discoveries of emerald ash borer in and near Minnesota’s northwoods, foresters are getting more serious about silvicultural options as we face potential widespread ash mortality. Forest health specialist Bob Heyd has seen this loss first hand in Michigan and will share lessons from that experience. We’ll also hear from Andrew […]

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Help create the Minnesota Bee Atlas

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We all know how vitally important pollinating insects like bees are to our ecosystem and food chain. But did you know that as a forest landowner in Minnesota there are opportunities to help pollinators thrive? In addition to making important stewardship decisions to help bees on your land, now there is a program for Minnesotans to help researchers track the […]

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April 2016 webinar: Climate Change and Eastern Larch Beetle

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. The eastern larch beetle is found throughout North American tamarack forests. However, its tree-killing behavior in Minnesota and Wisconsin hasn’t followed typical patterns in recent decades. In this webinar we’ll examine the causes of an ongoing outbreak that has shown no signs of slowing down. Speaker: Brian Aukema, UMN Department of Entomology […]

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