MFRC report: Assessing Forestation Opportunities for Carbon Sequestration in Minnesota

In January 2010 the Minnesota Forest Resources Council and the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources released a new report on the costs and feasibility of adding a million acres of new forest land in Minnesota.  The executive summary is below.  Download the complete report here: Assessing forestation opportunities for carbon sequestration in Minnesota. Assessing forestation opportunities for carbon […]

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Extension’s 2010 woodland webinar series

Beginning in January 2010, the University of Minnesota Extension will offer a series of 5 web-based seminars, or “webinars,” on topics of interest to Minnesota woodland owners.  While they do require access to an internet connection, webinars offer the convenience of learning at your home or office, avoiding the time and expense of traveling to a workshop. All five webinars […]

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Carbon trading and forests: Background and overview

Recently you may have heard people talking about “carbon credits,” “carbon trading,” “carbon sequestration,” and possibly even the “Kyoto Protocols.” These phrases and other similar terms have become increasingly part of our language as energy companies, paper mills, factories, and other industrial manufacturers are looking for opportunities to offset their greenhouse gas emissions through a market-based mechanism that would pay […]

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CVal: Carbon credit valuation tool for foresters and landowners

This announcement is reprinted from the March 12, 2009 Community Forestry Resource Center weekly news and event summary. CVal: A Carbon Valuation Tool for Foresters and Private Forest Landowners The CVal spreadsheet is a powerful tool that will help foresters, managers, and project developers work with private forest landowners to assess the economic profitability of participating in carbon markets. CVal […]

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Silviculture and Carbon in the Cloquet Woods

What are the connections between forests and atmospheric carbon?  How do different silvicultural interventions affect forest-based carbon uptake and storage?  On February 25, about 75 foresters, researchers, and others took to the Cloquet Forestry Center woods to find out. The tour included visits to red pine, aspen, and mixed aspen-spruce stands with a variety of management histories, from benign neglect […]

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Forest Values and Carbon Markets: Opportunities for Minnesota

Save the date! February 25-26, 2009 Forest Values and Carbon Markets: Opportunities for Minnesota A conference of Blandin Foundation’s Vital Forests/Vital Communities Initiative Cloquet MN, February 25-26, 2009 In 2006 and 2007, the Blandin Foundation convened conferences at St. John’s University to introduce forestry professionals and woodland owners to tools to foster sustainable forestry practices.  These conferences advanced a shared […]

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