Update: The 2011 UMN Extension Woodland Webinar series is now over. Complete recordings of all of this year’s presentations are linked below. This year’s series was a big success, with registration and attendance substantially higher than last year. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive: We heard that webinars are more convenient and less expensive for participants. Many of you valued the opportunity to ask questions directly of presenters. We’re currently planning other webinars, including an ongoing woody biomass webinar series and three Fall 2011 webinars in the Options for Managing Your Woodlands series.
January 2011: Recreational Trail Design
This two-part webinar offers the basic knowledge necessary to design, construct, and maintain sustainable trails for hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-highway motorcycling, and all terrain vehicles. Sustainable trails require minimal maintenance because their design and materials hold up to intensive recreational use and severe weather conditions.
The instructor is Dr. Mel Baughman, Extension Forester and Program Leader from the University of Minnesota Extension. He has taught this subject for many years to hundreds of family forest owners and natural resource professionals.
February 2011: Forest Health: Insects and disease in Minnesota.
Minnesota DNR forest health specialist Jana Albers discusses forest health in Minnesota. Jana begins with a review of how insects and disease affect forests with examples from fire dependent and non-fire dependent forest communities in Minnesota. She discusses four types of native insects and disease, discusses how forest health has been and will be affected by a changing climate, and provides ecological context for some recent and ongoing insect and disease outbreaks.
The instructor is Dr. Jana Albers, Northwest Region Forest Health Specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Jana is a major contributor to the Minnesota Forest Insect & Disease Newsletter and knows Minnesota forest bugs and disease as well as anybody!
March 2011: Accessing airphotos and custom maps online
Quality airphotos and maps can give a whole new perspective on your land. They can also be tremendously valuable planning tools. This session will offer a basic overview of the best free online mapping resources. We’ll walk you through how to find a Minnesota airphoto, then demonstrate how to make a map that you (or others) can later access online.
The instructor is Eli Sagor of the University of Minnesota Extension. Eli specializes in forest land ecology and management and manages the MyMinnesotaWoods website.
April 2011: Woody Biomass in Minnesota: Opportunities for Income and Environmental Benefits
This webinar will provide an overview of the potential for wood energy in the Northeast, and provide some insight into the issues and opportunities that are facing us in the days to come. Unlike the rest of this spring’s webinar series, this one will be organized by our friends at Penn State University through the Northeast Wood Energy Webinar series. We’ll send connection instructions as usual.
A complete recording of Dean’s wood energy webinar is now available here. If prompted, you may need to set up a Friends of Penn State account, which you can do here.
The instructor is Dean Current of the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources and Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management.
May 2011: Managing ash woodlands in the EAB era
Emerald ash borer has been discovered in Minnesota and is virtually certain to spread across the state, devastating our native ash population. While some cities are proactively preparing for the loss of their ash, many family woodland owners are uncertain how best to manage their woods to prepare for EAB.
Angela Gupta is a national leader in development of strategies for family woodland owners to prepare for the arrival of EAB and the loss of their ash. During this webinar, Gupta will discuss her recent research and the state’s new ash management guide.
June 2011: Non-timber forest products: Through the lens of a landowner.
In 2010, we offered a webinar on non-timber forest products (NTFP) in Minnesota – a general overview of the region’s products and the range of motivations for their harvest. This year we delve deeper into the topic by exploring NTFP management and utilization from the perspective of an actual forest landowner, focusing on specific products, their uses and motivations for use, and management. The webinar follows a framework presented in the NTFP chapter of the recently released Woodland Stewardship Online, and features the insights of landowner John Peterson of Delano, Minnesota.
The instructor is Dave Wilsey of UMN Extension. Dave’s teaching and research address forest-based livelihoods, with an emphasis on non-timber resources and tribal communities. He has studied non-timber forest product management and markets in the United States as well as Central and South America.
This webinar is now over. You can view a complete recording here.
August 2011: What you need to know to teach others about EAB.
You’ve heard about emerald ash borer, you know the basic facts and now you want to make a difference in your community. This webinar will feature a very brief review of EAB and then focus on where you can get materials and information to help spread the word about this invasive forest and tree pest to others in your community – including local decision makers. Specific information about working with those individuals that have the power to allocate resources to manage EAB will be included. Please join us if you’d like to make a difference in our community.
This webinar is now over. You can view a complete recording here.
Jeff Hahn is an expert on EAB, including identification, biology and urban management. He is the main contact person for the University of Minnesota Extension for EAB inquiries.
Angela Gupta is a national leader in development of strategies for family woodland owners to prepare for the arrival of EAB and the loss of their ash. During this webinar, Gupta will discuss her recent research and the state’s new ash management guide, which is currently in development, with publication expected in Spring 2010.
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Funding to support the webinars is provided by the Minnesota Forest Stewardship Program.