Silvopasture workshop coming to Central Minnesota

University of Minnesota Extension will be offering a two day workshop on silvopasture opportunities, benefits, and techniques. Participants will be able to meet silviculture practitioners and researchers, and will learn more about this method of sustainable agroforestry. The workshop will be held June 16-17, 2017 in Brainerd & Fort Ripley, MN. For more information and a link to register, visit […]

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January 2016 webinar: Forest insects and diseases in Minnesota

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 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. […]

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December 2015 webinar: Impacts of Deer Browse on Forest Regeneration across the Northern US

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. Forest managers are greatly concerned about the effects that browsing from white-tailed deer have on forest regeneration processes. Deer can reduce the abundance and composition of trees and herbs through browsing and can alter the habitat availability for a variety of organisms. This webinar will highlight recent research on deer density and its […]

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Woodland owner classes and survey

Are you a woodland owner? I can’t give away too many details right now, but I have it on good authority that the folks at University of Minnesota Extension Forestry are hard at work planning a new series of classes to offer next year! In the meantime, we hope you could help us plan by taking a short survey. We’re […]

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November 2015 webinar: Forest Management for Moose

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. Moose populations have declined about 50% in recent years, for reasons that have been difficult to pin down. Some land managers have been exploring opportunities to improve habitat conditions. We’ll hear from two presenters: Moose ecologist Ron Moen from NRRI and Lake County land commissioner Nate Eide about the status of moose […]

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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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October 2015 webinar: How Can Minnesota’s Urban Forests Be More Functional?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. Healthy urban and community forests provide a variety of public and private benefits relating to property values, water quality, recreational value, and quality of life considerations. Diverse, healthy urban forests provide greater ecosystem functionality. This presentation will focus on key practices to improve the functionality and value of urban forests. Speaker: Gary […]

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September 2015 webinar: Hydrology of Black Ash Wetlands: Implications for management of the EAB threat

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. Hydrology of black ash wetlands is likely to be modified following EAB infestation, but the magnitude of alteration is not clear as we know relatively little about how these unique ecosystems function.  Findings from a large-scale experiment related to water table dynamics following manipulation of black ash stand composition will be presented and […]

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August 2015 webinar: A Historic Perspective on Forest Health: What killed trees in the “good old days”?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. Natural resource managers and landowners have expressed concern about the scale and potential impact of some recent forest insect and disease outbreaks.  But how do today’s outbreaks compare with the scale and impact of past outbreaks?  This presentation will explore what role insects and pathogens historically played in Minnesota forests.  Were our […]

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