Master Woodland Owners engaged in woodland stewardship throughout Minnesota

The Master Woodland Owner program began in 2016 as a comprehensive landowner education program for woodland owners. Offered through the University of Minnesota Extension, the program teaches private woodland owners the ins and outs of forest health, monetizing woodlands, managing woods for recreation and wildlife, estate planning and taxes, and more. At the Gathering Partners of Natural Resources conference held […]

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Harvest for habitat, harvest for forest health: Over 70 landowners and service providers meet in the East Iron Range

On September 30, 2016 over 70 woodland owners and service providers met in Iron Junction, MN to discuss opportunities for managing private woodlands. At this Forestry Field Day, woodland owners and service providers discussed options available promote wildlife habitat and forest health. The day began in the morning with an open house with presentations by service providers. These presentations included information on […]

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Spruce budworm in Minnesota: new fact sheet and resources

A new fact sheet from the University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources can help forestry professionals, landowners, and others develop strategies for managing spruce budworm outbreaks. Eastern spruce budworm: Management approaches in Minnesota’s forests discusses the life cycle and symptoms of spruce budworm and management strategies to maintain healthy and productive spruce-fir forests in Minnesota. In Minnesota, […]

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How much carbon do Minnesota’s forests store?

After spending time in the woods on a hike or a hunt, think about how much biomass our forests have. Forests are a tremendous sink of biomass and carbon: they grab carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use it for functions like tree growth. Forests across the world sequester about 16% of all carbon dioxide emitted every year. So part of the carbon […]

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Oak wilt in Minnesota: updated fact sheet and resources

Tree care professionals, woodland owners, and urban natural resource managers are greatly concerned with managing oak wilt across Minnesota. Oak wilt is responsible for killing large numbers of oaks annually across the state. A recent confirmation of oak wilt in Morrison County near Little Falls makes it the most northwestern find in Minnesota. Researchers and forest health specialists from the US Forest […]

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How to recognize common diseases of oaks in the Midwest: a quick guide

A new publication from the US Forest Service-Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry can help forestry professionals, homeowners, and others identify common diseases to oak trees in the Midwest. How to recognize common diseases of oaks in the Midwest: a quick guide discusses the common diseases of oaks and associated tree symptoms and presents excellent illustrations of the diagnostic features […]

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A new site for the Minnesota Women’s Woodland Network

Many of our readers have been interested in the Minnesota Women’s Woodland Network. We’re here to announce a new website for the MNWWN group: please find them at www.mnwwn.org. Initiated by the University of Minnesota Extension in 2008, the Women’s Woodland Network is dedicated to building a community of women woodland owners, their families and land managers to nurture a […]

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New year, new quarantines: updates on the mountain pine beetle and emerald ash borer

The year 2014 concluded with a lot of activity in the area of  invasive species and forest health in Minnesota. Specifically, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture instituted a statewide quarantine for the mountain pine beetle and emerald ash borer was confirmed in a new county in the state.  Subsequent actions are two excellent examples of how the state is being […]

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How Competitive is Minnesota’s Forest Products Industry? Insights from a new MFRC Report

In December 2014 the Minnesota Forest Resources Council released a new report on the global competitiveness of Minnesota’s forest products industry.  The executive summary is below.  Download the complete report here: Report on the Competitiveness of Minnesota’s Primary Forest Products Industry. Report on the Competitiveness of Minnesota’s Primary Forest Products Industry: Executive Summary Minnesota’s primary forest products industry is vital to […]

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