Non-timber forest products Fall 2014 Webinar Series

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Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) refers to products other than timber that are harvested from woodlands. NTFPs include plants, parts of plants, fungi, moss, lichen, herbs, vines, shrubs, parts of trees, and other biological material that are either personally used or sold for their commercial value. We eat NTFPs and use them for medicine. We also use them to make decorations and create specialty products. Many NTFPs are marketable and important for healthy woodland ecosystems. Sustainable harvesting and cultivation of NTFPs through forest farming practices can complement overall stewardship of working forests. This webinar series highlights the remarkable and diverse world of non-timber forest products, ranging from an overview of the abundance and diversity of NTFPs to forest farming practices focused on particular marketable products.

The University of Minnesota Extension is hosting selected webinars from the American Tree Farm System 2014 NTFP Webinar Series at four locations in Minnesota.You or someone you know may be interested in the discussions on NTFP’s to be held at four locations in Minnesota. Please pass this along to those you think might have an interest.

If you cannot attend at any of these locations and wish to view the webinars from your home computer visit the American Tree Farm System website at: http://z.umn.edu/ntfpwebinar. If you wish more information on one of these webinars, please contact one of us (see below).

An hour during the University of Minnesota Extension Sessions will be reserved for live discussion of the topic with University of Minnesota Extension Educators. Also during this discussion we want to learn from you what your needs and interests are related to foraging, gathering and cultivating various non-timber and agroforestry products.

All series begin at 1:00 p.m., with a 1-hour webinar presentation. Live discussion will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Please contact the University of Minnesota Extension Educator at the location you wish to attend to confirm your attendance.

Forest History Center:
Julie Miedtke
miedt001@umn.edu
218-327-7486
 
Cloquet Forestry Center:
Mike Reichenbach
reich027@umn.edu
218-726-6470
 
Mankato Regional Extension Office:
Gary Wyatt
wyatt@umn.edu
507-389-6748
 
Green and Skok Hall:
Diomy Zamora
zamor015@umn.edu
612-626-9272
 

September 16 – Ramping up to Forest Farm Culinary Delights

Jim Chamberlain, Research Forest Products Technologist with the USDA Forest Service, will focus on forest farming wild onions, also known as ramps, in this webinar. Edible forest products are becoming more popular in the culinary world. Foraging for wild foods is the latest craze among foodies. But this may be putting excessive pressures on natural plant populations, and the long-term conservation of the plants requires sustainable production. Forest landowners may have opportunities to produce edible forest products under the shade of their woodlots. Though this presentation focuses on forest farming wild onions (aka, ramps or leeks) it includes discussions of other edible forest products, as well. So, join the webinar and ramp up to forest farm culinary delights.

Locations:
Cloquet Forestry Center                     
Stine Room                                             
175 University Road                            
Cloquet, MN
218-726-6470
 
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN
218-327-7486
 

September 25 – Forest Brews

Mike Burns and Al Robertson will teach how to tap into some non-traditional forest products to create hot, cold, and even adult refreshments. Learn how to turn your Non Timber Forest Products into tasty drinks of all kinds. **Warning this webinar focuses on making alcoholic drinks.

Locations:
Cloquet Forestry Center                     
Stine Room                                             
175 University Road                            
Cloquet, MN
218-726-6470
 
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN
218-327-7486
 

October 9 – Manage your forest for Pine Straw and Rake in the Profits

Becky Barlow, Alabama Cooperative Extension Forestry Specialist, will present a webinar on harvesting pine straw and cover other decorative NTFPs. Tired of raking those hardwood leaves in your yard? Maybe you should consider raking pine straw from your forest instead! Pine straw is a non-timber forest product that is produced when southern pine trees such as longleaf, slash, or loblolly pines drop their needles in the fall. The resulting pine straw can be raked by hand or harvested using a mechanical raking machine and turned into bales. Landowners can manage their forest to harvest and then sell the straw on a per-acre or per-bale basis for a nice profit. These bales are purchased by retailers, landscape contractors, or homeowners to use as landscape mulch. But pine straw is not the only profit potential in your forest. Management opportunities for other non-timber forest products abound including – nuts, fruits, specialty wood products, floral and decorative items, and dietary supplements.

Locations:
University of Minnesota Extension                
Green Hall Room 19                                          
1530 Cleveland Avenue N.                                
St. Paul, MN
612-626-9272
 
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN
218-327-7486
 

October 29 – Art from the Forest

Allaire Diamond, Conservation Ecologist with the Vermont Land Trust, will discuss a variety of species used by master artisans and the unique opportunities for landowners to build relationships with artisan-gatherers. Non timber forest products include plants,lichens and mushrooms used for specialized art and craft practices: basket making, fiber dyeing, and more.

Locations:
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN
218-327-7486
 
Mankato Regional Extension Office           
1961 Premier Drive, Suite 110                        
Mankato, MN  
507-389-6748        
 
University of Minnesota Extension
Green Hall Room 19
1530 Cleveland Avenue N.
St. Paul, MN
612-626-9272
 

November 10 – Forest Cultivated Mushrooms: A Rotten Business

Ken Mudge, associate professor at Cornell University, will explore the four stages that a prospective mushroom grower must consider for forest cultivation of shiitake mushrooms. Acquisition of substrate logs, inoculation, resting, fruiting and harvesting of mushrooms will be covered in this webinar.

Locations:
Cloquet Forestry Center                               
Library                                                            
175 University Road                                      
Cloquet, MN
218-726-6470
 
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN
218-327-7486
 
Mankato Regional Extension Office           
1961 Premier Drive, Suite 110                        
Mankato, MN  
507-389-6748        
 
University of Minnesota Extension
Green Hall Room 19
1530 Cleveland Avenue N.
St. Paul, MN
612-626-9272
 

December 12 – Forest Botanicals: Deep and Tangled Roots

Eric Burkhart, faculty instructor at Pennsylvania State University, will share insights from his studies and involvement with native plant species on eastern US forestlands that are wild harvested for the domestic and international plant trade. Quality-control, profitability, and sustainability within this industry will be discussed.

Locations:                                                                        
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN
218-327-7486
MyMinnesotaWoods
The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry team.

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