Extension’s 2012 woodland webinar series

“Webinars” are online presentations that include live questions and answers.  All you need to join is an internet-connected computer with speakers.  We’ve been offering them since 2010, and they’ve been getting more popular every year.  Prior attendees tell us they appreciate the ability to get their questions answered as well as the convenience and low cost.  You can view recordings of our past webinars in the 2010 and 2011 series as well as the 2011 Options for Your Woodland and woody biomass series.  I hope you’ll join us this year!

April 2012:  Phenology: Tracking Minnesota’s ever changing forests

Phenology is the  study of periodic biological phenomena, such as flowering, breeding, and migration, in relation to climatic conditions.  In other words, it’s all about noticing, and keeping track of, the changes in your woods.  (Many Minnesota woodland owners hear John Latimer or Larry Weber’s phenology radio shows every week.)  We’ll discuss the importance and value of good phenology data to not only sound woodland care and management, but also research.

This presentation is over.  Watch the complete recording here.

The instructor is Rebecca Montgomery, an Associate Professor with the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources.


May 2012:  Forest Health Update: What to look for in your woods in 2012

A wide variety of native and non-native insects and disease agents are all agents of change in the Minnesota woods.  Their activity level and the consequences of their activity are, in many cases, influenced by drought, variable winter conditions, and other climate-related factors.  This presentation, targeted to woodland owners but of interest to loggers and natural resource professionals as well, will provide an up-to-date review of this year’s most pressing forest health threats and what landowners can do to stay on top of them.  Before this live presentation, consider reading the April 2012 Forest Insect and Disease Newsletter and watching Jana’s 2011 forest health overview.

This presentation is over.  Watch the complete recording here.

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!


June 2012:  Property Tax and Incentive Programs for Family Forest Owners

Your forest stewardship actions may provide a potential property tax reduction or incentive payment.  Learn about one incentive payment program and two property tax programs.  First, the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act, offers an incentive payment of $7 per acre per year for landowners who have an approved forest management plan on qualifying property.  A minimum of 20 contiguous acres is required.  Second, the Rural Preserve Program provides a tax deferral for qualifying lands to those landowners who are or were enrolled in the Green Acres program.   Third, enrollment in the Class 2c Managed Forest Land requires an approved management plan and a minimum of 20 qualifying forested acres.  Land enrolled in this program receives a .65% class rate.  Learn how to enroll in these programs and which if any might benefit you.  Each of these programs is designed to encourage forest stewardship and protection of forested land from subdivision.

This presentation is now over. Watch the complete recording here

The instructor is Mike Reichenbach, is an Extension educator interested in forest landscape planning, family forest management; forest health; and maintaining working family forest lands. Mike often teaches classes on family forest land succession planning, forestry income taxes and forestry property taxes.

Fall 2012: The State of Minnesota’s Forests

We’re excited to kick off the 2012 woodland webinar series with Alan Ek, longtime professor and head of the University of Minnesota’s Forest Resources Department.  Over the years Alan has served on too many state- and national-level forest policy boards to count, and through his research has dug deeply into the data behind Minnesota’s ever-changing forest resources.  Alan will bring us up to speed on how Minnesota’s public and private forests have changed over the years, how they look today, and what opportunities and challenges are in store for the future.

This presentation, originally planned for spring 2012, has been postponed.  Check back for details.

The instructor is Dr. Alan Ek, Professor and head of the University of Minnesota’s Forest Resources Department.


For more information:

We hope to add a webinar or two in addition to those already listed.  Possible topics include Intergenerational Land Transfer and Tick-borne Diseases.  If you’d like to see webinars on these or other topics, or if you have other questions or comments, let us know in the comments below or by email at  mnwoods@umn.edu.

The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry team.

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  1. I am really hoping that you present the “Intergenerational Land Transfer.” topic in June.
    We missed the seminar last year and we were not able to attend the event that was just held in Duluth.
    Just putting my vote out there !
    Thank you

    1. Thanks Kara for the comment! I hope we can pull it off as well. The workshop is offered in two formats: Either a single day-long session or two 3-hour sessions several weeks apart. The webinar will by necessity be shorter, and can only cover a small portion of the content. Our hope is to introduce the most important concepts and help families begin the important process of working together to plan the future of their land.