We’re excited to announce two major family woodland owner conferences this spring. Save the dates!
- Bemidji State University: March 14-15, 2014.
- Rochester Community and Technical College: April 25-26, 2014: Download a flyer or register here.
Each will feature day-long workshops, tours, and 24 presentations by local professionals and University of Minnesota Extension faculty — all designed to help landowners implement their vision and keep their woods healthy, diverse, and productive.
Rochester conference details:
Download a complete flyer and registration form here (PDF). (You can also register online.)
FRIDAY WORKSHOPS (OPTIONAL)
Friday is an optional day of extended workshops and tours:
- Forest Pest First Detector workshop: These workshops are for anyone who wants the latest in-depth information about new invasive pests that effect in Minnesota’s landscape trees and urban and rural forests. Details at the Forest Pest First Detector page.
- Monitoring seasonal change: Minnesota phenology. Careful observation can lead to all kinds of insights about how your woodland works. We’ll discuss tools and procedures to observe, record, and report nature on your land for your own records as well as contributing to citizen science research on a changing climate.
- Hardwood management and riparian forest field day. Tour two outstanding southern Minnesota Tree Farms, discussing topics including hardwood management, riparian restoration – dealing with reed canary grass and hardwood growth, cooperative trail development, and more. Details are in this field day flyer.
- Beginning Bird Watching: Learn tips and techniques on bird identification, bird song, and habitats.
- Chainsaw Maintenance: Learn how to maintain and sharpen your saw so it is in good working order when needed.
- Chainsaw Safety: Discover the do’s and don’ts in chainsaw safety, including protective equipment.
- Conservation – Private Land Protection Options: Explore options available to landowners for permanently protecting their land, including: RIM and prairie bank easements and working with organizations such as the MN Land Trust. Learn potential financial benefits too.
- Decorative Floral Products from Your Woods or Backyard: Learn more about crafts and decorative woody florals like curly willows, dogwoods and flowering willows and shrubs you can plant on your property or in your backyard, as well as Forest Farming resources and Extension’s new Minnesota Harvester Handbook.
- Early Detection of Forest Invasives: Discover the invasive species that are on Minnesota’s doorstep (or already here) and what can be done to combat them.
- Emerald Ash Borer and Our Ash Woods: An update on the current status of the borer in Minnesota and practical steps family woodland owners can take to prepare for its arrival.
- Forest Resilience: Steps for Family Woodland Owners: Learn the steps needed to improve the health and vigor of your woods in the face of more frequent storms, droughts, and other uncertainty.
- Goats and Invasive Species: Discover how goats can be an effective, but unconventional tool in an effort to eradicate invasive species in your woods.
- Grazing Your Woods – Problems and Solutions: Hear how uncontrolled grazing can degrade your woods for decades, but how a well managed system can improve wood and forage quality.
- Hardwood Direct Seeding: Reforestation by Imitating Nature: Learn how direct seeding can be the best way to re-establish tree cover in southern Minnesota. Discover the ins and outs of this technique and whether it’s right for you.
- Intergenerational Land Transfer: Discover the essential steps in keeping your woods forested and in the family for generations. Also addressed will be family communications and legal and financial arrangements.
- Landowner Assistance and the Natural Resources Conservation Service: Learn the types of federal technical and financial assistance that are available to help manage your woodland resources. Understand the steps in developing a conservation activity/forest management plan.
- Landscapes, Watersheds and Your Woods: Learn to see connections between your woods and the larger watershed, with a focus on natural resource priorities identified in the Root River Landscape Plan.
- Phenology: Monitoring Seasonal Change: Hear about the fun and value of carefully observing, recording, and reporting the seasonal changes on your woodland property or favorite natural spot and how to join a growing network of citizen scientists.
- The Nuts and Bolts of Timber Sales: Learn the tools and information needed for a successful timber harvest experience, including the importance of a management plan, role of a forester, provisions of a good contract, and choosing a logger.
- Prescribed Burning as a Management Tool: Learn how burning vegetation can be a successful management tool. The discussion will include safety, monitoring weather, and regulations.
- Snakes of Minnesota: Get to know native snakes, including rattlesnakes: how to avoid them and what to do if you come across one.
- Windbreaks: Diversify with Multiple Benefits and Purposes: Understand why and how to diversify your windbreak species. From farmstead/rural shelterbelts, living screens, odor mitigation to living snow fences, windbreaks can offer multiple benefits. Resources, cost sharing programs, and species selection will be discussed.
- Southeast Landscapes and Your Woods: Hear an update on regional priorities for southern landscapes and how your woods can benefit from and contribute to regional forest priorities.
- Tree Identification: Discover the tree species that inhabit your property. Both hardwoods and conifers will be discussed but emphasis will be on hardwood species.
- Woodland Stand Improvement: Find out how well-designed partial harvests and other “intermediate treatments” can improve the health and value of your woods. Woody Invasives in Southern Minnesota Woods: Find out if you have any woody invasives lurking on your property. Learn how to identify some of the strongest competitors and what you can do to combat them.
- Woody Invasives in Southern Minnesota Woods: Find out if you have any woody invasives lurking on your property. Learn how to identify some of the strongest competitors and what you can do to combat them.
Register now for the April Rochester conference. Conference registration is $45 until March 1, $50 thereafter.
These conferences are offered by the University of Minnesota Extension and sponsored by the Minnesota DNR-Forestry, the Minnesota Forest Stewardship Program, and the Minnesota Tree Farm System.