Webinar: Changes to the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act

Tuesday, January 16 from noon to 1:00pm As a Minnesota woodland owner, you may qualify for an incentive program called the Sustainable Forest Incentives Act (SFIA). The program pays you a set dollar amount per acre annually on eligible lands for practicing good forest stewardship and agreeing not to develop your land for a specified period of time. There were […]

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Webinar: Wood Utilization Options for Urban Trees Infested by Invasive Species

Tuesday, December 19 from noon to 1:00pm As a result of infestation from invasive species,tremendous numbers of infested trees are being killed and removed each year for control and ultimate eradication of the pests. This webinar will provide key information for land management professionals, arborists, utilization specialists, and other natural resource professionals who are at the forefront of dealing with […]

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Webinar: Even the Healthiest Trees Harbor Fungi that will Eventually Kill Them

Tuesday, November 21 from noon to 1:00pm Even the healthiest trees harbor fungi and other microorganisms, including both pathogens (which weaken and kill organisms) and saprotrophs (which consume dead tissues).  In the era of DNA-based assessments, we are now learning that the diversity of these organisms in trees can be staggering. What we do not yet know, however, is how […]

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Webinar: Transitioning Black Ash Wetlands to an EAB Infested Future

Tuesday, October 17 from noon to 1:00pm Emerald ash borer is just now beginning to extend into the near mono-specific black ash (Fraxinus nigra) wetlands of the western Great Lakes region. Loss of ash from these forests may have profound changes on ecosystem structure and function. I discuss a project located on the Chippewa National Forest that is designed to […]

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Webinar: SFEC at 20

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. The first offerings of what has become the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative were in 1997, giving us a 20 year history. Supported and advised by our members, SFEC has delivered continuing education programs to build skills, knowledge, relationships, and shared understanding in Minnesota’s diverse community of natural resource professionals. We will briefly review […]

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Webinar: Ecological Forestry to Promote Healthy Forests

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Ecological forestry has many definitions but at the simplest it is balancing the need for the extraction of forest products and natural stand and disturbance dynamics. Increasingly foresters and natural resource managers have to balance multiple objectives when developing silvicultural prescriptions. Silvics, the knowledge of individual tree’s life history, growth, and behavior, is […]

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Gathering Partners conference brings people and programs together

Packing handout bags at the Gathering Partners of Natural Resources conference 2017

In a large conference center dining room, lunch has ended and people in the crowd are shouting names of Minnesota cities. “Mankato!” “Duluth!” “Bemidji!” Extension Educator Amy Rager gives them a hint. “It’s north of Highway 10 on a lake…” “Brainerd!” a voice yells from the back. And with that guess, the next location for the annual Gathering Partners of […]

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Webinar: Timber Harvesting and Wildlife Habitat

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Minnesota’s abundant forest ecosystems provide habitat for numerous native wildlife species. These critters in turn provide us opportunity for viewing, harvest, and enjoyment, as well as filling important roles in our forests to keep them healthy.  Thoughtful forest management and harvest improves habitat quality, however the amount of harvest on family-owned land is down […]

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