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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Webinar: Life Cycle Assessment – An Essential Tool for Determining Environmental Impacts

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Accurate determination of environmental impacts linked to products, and associated raw material procurement and manufacturing processes, requires the use of definitive, scientifically-based tools in accordance with rigorous universal standards. Environmental life cycle assessment, or LCA, has become the tool of choice for determination of impacts. Sometimes referred to as “cradle to grave” analysis, […]

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Webinar: EAB and Minnesota’s Ash Resource

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, noon – 1:15 p.m. Emerald ash borer threatens Minnesota’s ash resource. This two-part presentation will include an update on the status of EAB in Minnesota and relevant quarantines from Mark Abrahamson, EAB program lead at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. We’ll then transition to case studies of silvicultural interventions to inform future ash management options. These presentations […]

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Webinar: Two scales are better than one – how to monitor forests for adaptive management without breaking the bank

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, noon – 1:00 p.m. For those of us who manage forests for multiple, often conflicting values, monitoring poses some unique challenges. Pair that complexity with the uncertainty of climate change and we have to get really creative to find affordable monitoring solutions that get us enough information to answer basic questions. We will give a step-by-step overview […]

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