Beginning in January 2010, the University of Minnesota Extension will offer a series of 5 web-based seminars, or “webinars,” on topics of interest to Minnesota woodland owners. While they do require access to an internet connection, webinars offer the convenience of learning at your home or office, avoiding the time and expense of traveling to a workshop.
All five webinars will be recorded and made available online for later viewing. There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required in order to obtain webinar connection instructions.
January: Five things every woodland owner needs to know
Eli Sagor, University of Minnesota Extension. This straightforward session covers the basics of Minnesota woodland ownership. We’ll cover developing a vision, getting to know your land, the benefits of obtaining a Woodland Stewardship Plan, finding professional help, and getting to know other landowners.
February: Property Tax & Incentive Payments for Forest Land
Mel Baughman, University of Minnesota Extension. Minnesota woodland owners will learn about property tax classifications and incentive payments that may lower your Minnesota property taxes on managed forest land. The webinar covers Green Acres/Rural Preserve, Class 2c, and the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act.
This webinar is over. Click here to watch the Feb. 2010 recording. After watching it, please fill out our quick evaluation form. You can also access the content in written form, complete with links, here.
March: Carbon credits for Minnesota woodland owners
Diomy Zamora, University of Minnesota Extension. Carbon credits offer a potentially significant new source of revenue for Minnesota woodland owners. This session will provide an overview of how carbon credit programs work. It’ll also review the enrollment process, responsibilities and obligations, costs, and expected financial returns. The session is designed to help Minnesota woodland owners decide whether enrollment in a carbon credit program is right for them.
This webinar is over. Click here to watch the March 2010 recording. After watching it, please fill out our quick evaluation form. You can also access the content in written form, complete with links, here.
April: Minnesota woodlands and climate change
Eli Sagor, University of Minnesota Extension. This presentation, designed for Minnesota woodland owners, has 3 sections: How Minnesota woodlands developed, Climate change and projected impacts, and What Minnesota woodland owners can do. One particular focus is on actions Minnesota woodland owners can take to make sure they’re part of the solution, not a source of forest health problems for their neighbors.
This webinar is over. Click here to watch the April 2010 recording now. After watching it, please fill out our quick evaluation form.You can also access the content in written form, complete with links, here.
May: Nontimber forest products in Minnesota
Dave Wilsey, University of Minnesota Extension. Non-timber forest products play important but understated roles in the lives and livelihoods of Minnesota’s landowners and natural resource users. We review these roles and some products of economic and social importance in this region. We will explore different ways of engaging these resources, from increasing basic awareness to management. An improved understanding of NTFPs and their roles in our lives might change the way you look at and interact with the forest.
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Funding to support the webinars is provided by the Minnesota Forest Stewardship Program.