2014 webinars from Extension and SFEC

We’re pleased to announce a new collaboration between Extension and the Sustainable Forestry Education Cooperative to deliver a new webinar every month in 2014. “Webinars” are online presentations that include live questions and answers.

Who should participate:  These presentations are designed for natural resource professionals and interested landowners and are approved for continuing education credits through SAF and MN Forest Stewardship. ISA credits are available for some webinars – see info below.

How to register:  There are two ways to participate:

Questions? See frequently asked questions below, including broadcast site locations.

Presentation schedule


TIMOs and REITs: The new face of industrial forestry

Tuesday, January 21, 2014. PDF slides and Sam Radcliffe’s timber investment site.


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How has industrial forestry changed because of the shift in corporate structure? Minnesota industrial forests have seen a large turnover in ownerships in recent years with investment companies purchasing large tracts of Minnesota forestlands. This webinar will explain how industrial forestry has changed because of the shift in corporate structure. Samuel Radcliffe will explain the changes in ownership and the difference between real estate investment trusts (REITs) and timber investment management organizations (TIMOs).
Speaker: Samuel J. Radcliffe, Prentiss & Carlisle Management Company

Minnesota logging business survey results

Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Links to the Minnesota Logger Education Program and Minnesota Forest Industries, who collaborated in this research.


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A mail survey of Minnesota’s logging business owners was conducted in 2012 to determine the status of the logging sector in 2011.  Follow up focus groups were conducted with industry procurement staff and logging business owners to clarify responses and to probe deeper into some issues raised by survey results.  This webinar presents results and conclusions from both surveys.
Speaker: Charlie Blinn, UMN Extension and Department of Forest Resources.

Current status of tick-borne diseases in Minnesota

Tuesday, March 18, 2014. 


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As Minnesotans enjoy the many benefits from our forests, we also need to be aware of potential tick-borne disease risks in these same areas. The number of residents with reported tick-borne illnesses, and the geographic distribution of these illnesses, has increased rapidly in recent years. This presentation will introduce participants to Minnesota’s ticks of medical importance and their habitat needs, outline Lyme disease and several other tick-borne diseases found in Minnesota, discuss recent changes in ticks and tick-borne diseases within the state, and summarize important tick bite prevention methods.
Speaker: Dave Neitzel, Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota forest health update: What’s in your woods and what’s coming

Tuesday, April 22, 2014.


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This two-part presentation features MN DNR forest health specialist Jana Albers and UMN Extension educator Angie Gupta. Albers will begin with an update on what recent aerial surveys and other monitoring tell us about forest health threats in your woods now.  Gupta will then discuss invasive plant and insect pests newly established in Minnesota or on our doorstep and how to report new sightings.  We’ll share links to relevant fact sheets throughout the presentation and collect them all in an email afterwards.  At the end of the hour, you’ll know what to look for in your woods this year and how to respond if you find it.
Speakers:  Jana Albers, MN DNR and Angela Gupta, UMN Extension
Reference: January 2014 DNR Forest Insect and Disease Newsletter

Minnesota phenology: Monitoring seasonal change

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


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Monitoring seasonal changes can be a fun and educational way to keep records of your special places.  If you do it right, your observations can also help scientists investigating  ecologically significant relationships between climate and things like the timing of flowering and the arrival of pollinators, changes in annual cycles like maple sap runs and fruit crop development.  We’ll discuss monitoring and reporting techniques for Minnesota’s seven target species to ensure reliable and useful reports not only for your own records, but also for researchers through the National Phenology Network database.
Speaker:  Eli Sagor, UMN Extension

Talking with landowners about intergenerational forest land transfer

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


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Landowners have hopes and dreams about what might happen to their property after they can no longer manage it.  How can you as a natural resource professional begin a discussion with landowners to help them make decisions about passing their land to the next generation, to develop a plan and then implement it? A good starting point should center on family communication. We’ll share useful tools and have an online discussion about your ideas and experiences working with families on these issues. Finally, information on some of the legal tools available will be presented by Allison Eklund, an attorney and Minnesota cabin owner with personal and professional experience on cabin and family forest land transfer.
Speakers: Mike Reichenbach, UMN Extension and Allison Eklund, Eklund Law, LLC.

Sedge identification for ECS silviculture

Regrettably, we have had to cancel this webinar due to unforeseen scheduling issues with our presenter. We apologize for the change and hope to reschedule. 

E. Judziewicz, UWSP
E. Judziewicz, UWSP

Sedges are important indicator species to help differentiate among the plant communities described in ecological classification systems (ECS). This presentation will focus on sedges native to northeastern including differences among sedges and other related genera (bulrushes, cotton-grasses, spike rushes, and flatsedges). Serres will cover field characteristics for identifying the most common and important sedges found in our forests, forest edges, and wetlands as well as information about habitat preferences and indicator and conservation status.
Speaker:  Terry Serres, UMN Department of Forest Resources
CE credits: SAF (1, Cat.1), MN Forest Stewardship, ISA (details).
Register here to: Watch from your computer or attend a broadcast site.

What’s new in green building standards?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


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Green building programs and standards can impact the selection of wood products for residential and non-residential construction.  The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) recently approved LEED V4 and the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) has been adopted in 10 states.  This webinar will address these two leading programs and the details about how they impact the use of wood and selection of building materials.
Speaker: Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners, Inc.

Resilience and the Minnesota northwoods: Adaptive silviculture for climate change

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


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Climate change is expected to influence forests by altering disturbance regimes, increasing tree mortality rates during droughts, expanding the range of forest pests and diseases, and changing competitive interactions. The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project is a science-management partnership that is establishing a large experimental trial in a red pine-dominated site on the Chippewa National Forest. The goal of the project is to monitor the long-term impacts and effectiveness of silvicultural treatments designed using an adaptive planning framework, and represents adaptation options of resistance, resilience, and transition, along with no action. The site will also serve as a demonstration area for landowners.
Speaker: Linda Nagel, UMN Department of Forest Resources and Cloquet Forestry Center

The state of forestry in Minnesota

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Alan Ek’s slides (PDF)
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Minnesota’s forests, as well as markets for forest products, are continually changing. Few, if any, have tracked these changes over the past several decades more closely than Alan Ek, head of the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources. Dr. Ek presents updated data on the composition of Minnesota forests and discuss a range of issues and opportunities for their management and use.
Alan Ek, UMN Department of Forest Resources 

What to plant? Forest health for the future

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


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With the evidence of a changing climate increasingly visible around us, landowners and natural resource managers often ask “what trees should I plant?” Here, three panelists address this complex question.

Panelists: Carrie Pike, MN Tree Improvement Co-operative; Rick Klevorn, MN DNR-Forestry, and Rebecca Montgomery, UMN-Forest Resources.

R.A. Skok Policy Seminar:Northern Long-Eared Bats and Forest Management: Lessons learned since the spotted owl

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


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The 2014 R. A. Skok Policy Analysis Seminar where four distinguished panelists will discuss the science and public policy implications of species recovery. The northern long-eared bat has been proposed for federal listing as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The primary cause of decline is a fungus called white-nose syndrome, which infects the bats and spreads while they hibernate in caves during the winter. It has proven to be fatal up to 99% of the time with no known remedy. Compounding the threat is the loss of summer forest habitat from timber harvesting. The stakes are high. From Maine to North Carolina in the east, to Oklahoma north through the Dakotas, the proposed listing could restrict timber harvesting and other vital activities during summer months.
Panelists: Forrest Boe, Minnesota State Forester; Lynn Lewis, Assistant Regional Director, US Fish & Wildlife Service; Tony Sullins, Endangered Species Chief, US Fish & Wildlife Service; and Danielle Watson, Assistant Policy Director, Society of American Foresters

Updates on the FSC and SFI forest management certification standards

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from noon-1pm
webinar2014-certificationForests throughout Minnesota and around the world have been certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standards.  Both programs are anticipated to announce changes to their standards in 2014 – tune in for the latest updates!
Speaker:  Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners, Inc.
CE credits: SAF (1, Cat.1), MN Forest Stewardship.
Register here to:  Watch from your computer or attend a broadcast site.   

Frequently asked questions

Who should attend? These webinars are designed for Minnesota natural resource professionals and interested landowners.

If I register to watch on my personal computer, what do I get? Registering gets you access to the live presentation, including the ability to ask questions of the presenter. Registrants also get immediate access to digital handouts and a complete recording of the presentation. Professionals or master volunteers can obtain continuing education credits for attending the live presentation. You can register for a single webinar for $20 or get a steep discount by registering for the whole series for only $50.

Where are the broadcast sites?

  • Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center,7328 Boulder Dam Rd, Duluth, MN 55803. Contact: John Geissler, jdgeissl@d.umn.edu or (218) 721-3731.
  • Cloquet Forestry Center, 179 University Road, Cloquet MN 55720. Contact: Mike Reichenbach, reich027@umn.edu or (218) 726-6470.
  • Grand Rapids U of M North Central Research and Outreach Center, 861 HWY 169 East, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 . Contact: Julie Miedtke, miedt001@umn.edu or (218) 327-7365.
  • St Paul Campus, UMN, Green Hall, 1530 Cleveland Ave. North, St Paul MN  55108 (St Paul campus map). Contact: Eli Sagor, esagor@umn.edu or 612-624-6948.

There isn’t a broadcast site anywhere near me. Why do I have to pay? The broadcast sites are a new addition this year. If enough people come, we will consider expanding to offer more next year. Direct any questions or comments to Eli Sagor, esagor@umn.edu.

Can I watch a recording for free? Recordings of each presentation will be available on both the SFEC website and this site shortly after the presentation is complete.  Paid registrants have immediate access to the recording; others will have access after 30 days.

If some other webinars are free, why should I pay for these? We work hard to deliver excellent practical content, specific to Minnesota, that you can use in your woods. We also offer free digital handouts to support each presentation. You won’t find content like this elsewhere.

Who is behind these webinars again? These webinars are offered jointly by the University of Minnesota Extension Forestry team and the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative, based at the Cloquet Forestry Center. If you have questions or comments, post them below or email us at mnwoods@umn.edu.

The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry team.

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  1. Starting with the February 19 Webinar, which I watched last Wednesday, I will be watching either from my computer at home, or at my local library in Grand Marais. Even though I won’t be at a presentation site, can I still receive continuing ed. credits? I am a master naturalist.

    1. Yes, that is no problem Susan. To ensure proper CE credit, be sure to do two things: 1) sign in to the webinar using your full name (so we can verify attendance from server records) and 2) complete the CE credit request form that we will provide near the end of the presentation.

  2. If I will not be able to watch a webinar live, is there a way to get the ISA CEUs for watching the recording?

    1. Hi Monica. You would have to ask ISA to be certain, but I don’t think so. We have no way to certify attendance for a recording, and I think that they require that in order to approve the credits.

  3. Sedge seminar is showing up as:
    Sedge identification for ECS silviculture
    Tuesday, July 29 from noon-1:00pm
    but the registration is for:
    August 19, 9am: Sedge identification for ECS silviculture
    Which is it??

  4. Do you have a webinare for Dec 9 from 9-10 am? I wrote it on my calendar but do not see it ion your web site?

    Dave J