Webinar: Status of Minnesota’s Forest Health

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, noon – 1:00 p.m. Every year insects and diseases kill large numbers of Minnesota’s trees. Through aerial surveys, ground surveys, and in-depth site investigations, the Minnesota DNR’s forest health team strives to track what insects and diseases are most damaging to our forests, which ones are on the rise, and which ones are on the downswing. This […]

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2017 Forestry Webinar Series

We are pleased to announce our 2017 webinar series. Each session includes a 45-minute presentation and live questions and answers. There are two ways to participate: Watch live on your computer for a small fee or with others at a local broadcast site at no charge. Each webinar will be recorded and posted on the SFEC YouTube Channel.  Recordings are typically available within one week of the live broadcast. […]

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Decision support for community-based deer management

Communities around the United States are struggling with problems related to deer. These include deer-vehicle collisions, tick-borne illnesses, and damage to woodlands, landscaping, and other natural areas. A new online resource provides support to local leaders who are searching for practical guidance to navigate contentious deer management issues. The Community Deer Advisor offers a process for structuring local deer management […]

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Webinar: Minnesota’s changing forests from 1935 to today

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. The first statewide forest survey in 1935 has been restored and compared with forest conditions of today. Findings show the evolution of forest survey focus and methodology and dramatic changes in forest conditions from a young forest arising from widespread disturbance to an older forest today. These changes have important implications for […]

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Webinar: Update on northern long-eared bat research in Minnesota

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. The northern long-eared bat has seen much attention over the past several years during its proposed listing under the Endangered Species Act. The MN Department of Natural Resources, USDA – Forest Service, and University of Minnesota, Duluth have been collecting information on the bat’s habitat and distribution across Minnesota for several years. […]

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Webinar: Oak and fire in Minnesota forests

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Oak forests and savannas provide valuable ecosystem services including timber production and wildlife habitat. Historically, fire has played an important role in the development, maintenance, and distribution of oak forests across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. This webinar will focus on the advantages and limitations of using fire in oak-dominated forests, drawing […]

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Webinar: Minnesota’s New Private Forest Management Framework

Thursday, September 22, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. John Carlson, Private Forest Management Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, will provide an update on Minnesota’s new private forest management framework. Speaker: John Carlson, MN DNR – Forestry Registration: Register here to watch online or attend one of the broadcast site locations for free. Update: Watch […]

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Webinar: Natural resource applications of unmanned aerial systems

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Unmanned aerial systems (also referred to as UAVs or drones) have a variety of natural resources applications including forest mapping, inventory, photography, disturbance assessment, wildlife assessment, and perhaps even timber sale administration. This brief presentation will introduce common UAS formats, their capabilities and limitations, and the status of rapidly changing regulations and […]

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Minnesota Family Forest Owners Rule! Survey highlights the challenges they face

guest post by Sarah Butler, Research Fellow at the Family Forest Research Center If we are interested in the conservation of the forests and woods of the United States, we must be interested in those who control its fate: the forest and woodland owners. Woodland owners make decisions related to land use and forest management that impact the forest and […]

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July 2016 webinar: Forest disturbances in Minnesota

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Nearly two million acres of Minnesota’s 17 million acres of forests were impacted by some kind of disturbance over the past five years. These disturbances include damage from weather, insects and diseases, fire and animal damage such as deer browse. This webinar will offer perspectives on the impacts of these disturbances across […]

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