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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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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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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June 2016 webinar: Importance of managed forests to Minnesota’s forest birds

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Managed forests provide important breeding habitat for over 100 species of birds in Minnesota. This presentation will discuss the influence of site and landscape factors on forest bird distributions and dynamics in managed forests. The consequences of forest management and timber sale designs will be discussed. Speaker: Alexis Grinde, UMD – Natural […]

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May 2016 webinar: EAB and woodland ash

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. With recent discoveries of emerald ash borer in and near Minnesota’s northwoods, foresters are getting more serious about silvicultural options as we face potential widespread ash mortality. Forest health specialist Bob Heyd has seen this loss first hand in Michigan and will share lessons from that experience. We’ll also hear from Andrew […]

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