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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Using citizen science to combat Emerald Ash Borer

Have you heard about Wasp Watchers? There’s been some media buzz lately, with stories in the Star Tribune and Post Bulletin highlighting the program kicking off this summer. Wasp Watchers uses the smoky winged beetle bandit wasp as an early detection tool for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Citizen scientists throughout Minnesota will be searching for and adopting wasp nesting sites in order to collect samples […]

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July 2015 webinar: Forest Dead Wood and Decay: Implications for forest & wildlife managers

Tuesday July 21, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. The amount and quality of forest dead wood is important for providing forest structure, sustaining wildlife habitat, and maintaining biodiversity. This webinar will synthesize recent research on dead wood characteristics (e.g., standing dead trees and downed woody debris) and dynamics for this important forest attribute and discuss implications within a management context. […]

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Woody Vegetation Control

Trees and shrubs are valued in the right location but may need to be controlled when invading areas where they are not wanted. Invasive trees and shrubs are non-native plants that can reduce economic values, damage the environment, or cause harm to human health. Native woody plants can be aggressive also, spreading into areas where they are not desired. An […]

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June 2015 webinar: Awareness of genetic principles can enlighten silvicultural practices

Tuesday June 23, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. Minnesota’s forests have been shaped by human activities for millennia. In today’s complex management environment, genetics is more applicable than ever before. Dr. Carrie Pike from the University of Minnesota Tree Improvement Cooperative will discuss three things: 1) how genetic diversity, effects of seed transfer, and evolutionary effects can improve predictions of forest […]

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May 2015 webinar: What You Need to Know about Vector-borne Diseases in Minnesota

Tuesday May 19, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. Mosquitoes and ticks have always been a part of outdoor life in Minnesota. These vector-borne diseases have increased with changes in their distribution and abundance, coupled with changes in the disease organisms they transmit. Minnesota Department of Health staff will summarize current risks and discuss how a changing climate may influence the […]

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April 2015 webinar: Minnesota’s Forest Management Guidelines: Revision, implementation, and monitoring

Tuesday April 21, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. Minnesota is a leader in the development of comprehensive and science-based voluntary forest management guidelines for resource protection.  In this webinar, information will be presented related to recent guideline revisions, a new user-friendly field guide, and a modified approach being used to monitor guideline implementation at the watershed scale. Speaker:  Rob Slesak, […]

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Domestic cats: their impacts on wildlife

By Jodie Provost, DNR Private Land Habitat Coordinator NOTE: A similar article will be appearing in an upcoming issue of the Minnesota Forestry Association newsletter. Your cat can provide excellent companionship and make a wonderful pet. Are you also aware that “Fluffy” is a non-native, invasive predator? Free-roaming, domestic cats (Felis catus) pose threats to our native forest, farmland, prairie/grassland, […]

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Evening Grosbeaks – Golden Gems in Decline

By Jodie Provost, DNR Private Land Habitat Coordinator NOTE: A similar article will be appearing in an upcoming issue of the Minnesota Forestry Association newsletter. Have you ever been so fortunate to enjoy a flock of evening grosbeaks at your bird feeder in winter? These heavyset finches of northern coniferous forests look like golden gems decorating the backyard trees. Some […]

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