Pollinators – Keeping Our Forests Abuzz and Healthy

By: Jodie Provost, DNR Private Land Habitat Coordinator The news is abuzz about pollinators these days and for good reason. When the insects that pollinate one third of our U.S. diet decline dramatically, it’s time to take note! Wildlife pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world’s flowering plants, creating healthy ecosystems. These creatures include birds, bats, insects […]

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How to recognize common diseases of oaks in the Midwest: a quick guide

A new publication from the US Forest Service-Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry can help forestry professionals, homeowners, and others identify common diseases to oak trees in the Midwest. How to recognize common diseases of oaks in the Midwest: a quick guide discusses the common diseases of oaks and associated tree symptoms and presents excellent illustrations of the diagnostic features […]

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Diseases and Insect Pests of Conifers (Evergreen trees) – by species

Douglas-Fir (Pseudotsuga): Armillaria Root Disease USFS Armillaria Root Rot Christmas Tree Pest Manual (USFS) Disease Management Recommendations for Trees and Shrubs (Swiss Needlecast) Dwarfmistletoe of Douglas-fir Insecticide Suggestions to Manage Landscape Tree and Shrub Insects HOW to Identify and Control Rhabdocline and Swiss Needlecasts of Douglas-Fir (USFS) Fir (Abies): Armillaria Root Disease USFS Armillaria Root Rot Christmas Tree Pest Manual […]

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Diseases and Insect Pests of Hardwoods (Broadleaf trees) – by species

Apple/Crabapple (Malus): Aphids on Deciduous Trees and Shrubs Apple Maggot Management Apple Scab Disease Management Recommendations for Trees and Shrubs (Black Rot Canker, Cedar-Apple Rust, Fireblight, Frog-eye Leaf Spot, Powdery Mildew, and Apple Scab) Fireblight Forest Tent Caterpillars in Minnesota Forest Tent Caterpillar (USFS) Gypsy Moth (USFS) Gypsy Moth in Minnesota (MNDNR) Insecticide Suggestions to Manage Landscape Tree and Shrub […]

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Upcoming Invasive Blitz Workshops: June 25th and June 27th

June 25 in Brainerd, MN & June 27 in Schroeder, MN Calling all volunteers from the Minnesota Master Naturalist, Master Gardener, Forest Pest First Detector and other programs! As you know, invasive species such as buckthorn, garlic mustard and wild parsnip pose serious threats to Minnesota’s natural resources, ecosystems, and economy. We want YOU to join in a statewide effort […]

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Announcing: Using Perennial Plantings to Improve Water Quality Workshop

We are excited to announce two major workshops in Summer 2014 to understand the how perennial plantings/systems can improve water quality. Save the dates! Fairmont, MN: June 24, 2014 Glenwood, MN: July 16, 2014 Download a flyer and the agenda or register here. Each day-long workshop will include presentations by local professionals, University Minnesota Extension Faculty and University of Minnesota […]

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Winter cold impacts on EAB: Minnesota data

By Eli Sagor, University of Minnesota Extension A few weeks ago the local and national media ran a number of hopeful stories about the effect of this year’s deep cold on EAB larvae overwintering under ash bark. We got in on it too: Will winter cold save us from emerald ash borer? Sensing perhaps a bit too much optimism, last week Dr. […]

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52nd Annual Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course 2014

52nd Annual Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course March 18-19, 2014 Bethel University, Arden Hills   Register Online Now   The 2014 Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course: It’s about Preservation. “Preservation,” incites thoughts of protecting trees from the wrath of construction and development projects. The 2014 Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course will expand on preservation to include not only saving those […]

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Are you smarter than a 5th grader? Best Planting Practices at Chelsea Heights Elementary

By Sean Peterson It’s a cool Halloween day at Chelsea Heights (K-5) School in St. Paul Minnesota. Tom Altman’s 5th grade science class is here to plant trees. More specifically, they are planting trees to help The University of Minnesota, Dept. of Forest Resources better develop and share a more sustainable way to re-green Minnesota’s   parks, streets and public spaces. […]

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2014 First Detector workshops scheduled

These workshops are for anyone who wants the latest in-depth information about new invasive pests that affect Minnesota’s landscape trees and urban and rural forests. The 2014 workshops will include material on emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, Asian longhorned beetle, brown marmorated stink bug, thousand cankers disease, tree damage from herbicides, Oriental bittersweet, and managing firewood to prevent transporting invasive pests. […]

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