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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Pileated Woodpecker – Dapper Drummer

An increase in woodpecker calls and drumming will soon mark the advance of spring. One of those noise makers will be the pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus), one of our largest, most dapper forest birds. A native, year-round resident, it’s mostly black with bold white stripes, a triangular flaming red crest, long chisel-like bill, body up to 19 inches long, and […]

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Updated online forest adaptation resources now available

The Northern Institute for Applied Climate Science created the Adaptation Workbook as an online, interactive version of the practical workbook published in Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers. This year, we’ve re-launched the site with many new improvements, including: New resources that support urban forestry and agriculture projects, in addition to forest management projects An updated design for a […]

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Our Minnesota Forest Gems

What’s an expansive way to provide quality wildlife habitat in Minnesota’s forests? Encourage landowners and businesses to use sustainable, responsible management and procurement practices on, or “certify”, nearly 8.4 million acres of public and private forests. Then identify the most outstanding and critical of those acres for management of their high conservation values. Voila! Quality forest management equals healthy, diverse […]

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Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) – The Tree Fox

Gray Fox

Cat or Dog?   The gray fox is a member of the dog family, Canidae, like red fox, coyotes and wolves.  But it behaves more like a member of the cat family with its unusual and useful tree climbing skill to escape predators, find safe resting spots and obtain food.  They have been observed 32 feet high!  Extremely sharp, curved, semi-retractable […]

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Harvest for habitat, harvest for forest health: Over 70 landowners and service providers meet in the East Iron Range

On September 30, 2016 over 70 woodland owners and service providers met in Iron Junction, MN to discuss opportunities for managing private woodlands. At this Forestry Field Day, woodland owners and service providers discussed options available promote wildlife habitat and forest health. The day began in the morning with an open house with presentations by service providers. These presentations included information on […]

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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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Elk in Minnesota – A Balanced, Restoration Success

two bull elk from Grygla herd during aerial survey by Marshall Deter MN DNR

It was a perfect fall day near the Canadian border on Caribou Wildlife Management Area. While posting boundary in the golden aspen parklands landscape, suddenly there they were – a cow and calf elk. This encounter was my first with elk and a magnificent moment to recall. These stately, native creatures were once common on our prairies and in our […]

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Spruce budworm in Minnesota: new fact sheet and resources

A new fact sheet from the University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources can help forestry professionals, landowners, and others develop strategies for managing spruce budworm outbreaks. Eastern spruce budworm: Management approaches in Minnesota’s forests discusses the life cycle and symptoms of spruce budworm and management strategies to maintain healthy and productive spruce-fir forests in Minnesota. In Minnesota, […]

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