Spreading the news about a deadly invader

Do you ever feel hopeless when it comes to invasive species? Don’t despair—residents like you are making a difference! Minnesota has some of the most progressive and advanced systems in place to deal with invasives. We have well trained professionals, engaged volunteers, observant residents, smartphone apps, and call-in lines that allow for quick confirmation. An invasion of poison hemlock in […]

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Webinar: Ecological Forestry to Promote Healthy Forests

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Ecological forestry has many definitions but at the simplest it is balancing the need for the extraction of forest products and natural stand and disturbance dynamics. Increasingly foresters and natural resource managers have to balance multiple objectives when developing silvicultural prescriptions. Silvics, the knowledge of individual tree’s life history, growth, and behavior, is […]

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Help guide Extension programming by taking a short survey

A super cute deer looks out from a lush, green forest.

The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry and Wildlife programs are looking for participants to complete a survey to better understand what Minnesotans know and feel about deer in their community and woodlands. Your responses will help in developing an Extension program that will assess the impacts to forest vegetation by white-tailed deer in Minnesota. If you are interested in what […]

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Changing Ash Habitats and the Wildlife Impact

Fraxinus Fuss A little green bug has potential to cause quite a bother in Minnesota when it comes to our trees in the genus Fraxinus, or ash trees. This pest, the emerald ash borer (EAB), is an invasive insect from Asia. First discovered in Michigan in 2002, it has caused the death of millions of ash trees in the eastern […]

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Four-toed Salamander: Tougher than a Dinosaur

The four-toed salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum) is one of eight salamander species inhabiting Minnesota. It is unique in multiple ways. The first is the four toes on its hind feet. Most other Minnesota salamanders have five toes in back. All have four toes in front. It is 3-5 inches long, red-brown with dark flecks on its sides, has a bright white […]

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Poison hemlock spreading across Minnesota

Poison hemlock is an invasive plant native to Europe and North Africa that is highly toxic (i.e., fatal) to humans and livestock. It has been recorded in isolated pockets of Minnesota, and appears to be spreading quickly in the St. Charles and Lanesboro areas. Learn how to identify poison hemlock and its common look-alikes; discover management and disposal strategies; and […]

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Webinar: Timber Harvesting and Wildlife Habitat

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Minnesota’s abundant forest ecosystems provide habitat for numerous native wildlife species. These critters in turn provide us opportunity for viewing, harvest, and enjoyment, as well as filling important roles in our forests to keep them healthy.  Thoughtful forest management and harvest improves habitat quality, however the amount of harvest on family-owned land is down […]

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Webinar: EAB and Minnesota’s Ash Resource

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, noon – 1:15 p.m. Emerald ash borer threatens Minnesota’s ash resource. This two-part presentation will include an update on the status of EAB in Minnesota and relevant quarantines from Mark Abrahamson, EAB program lead at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. We’ll then transition to case studies of silvicultural interventions to inform future ash management options. These presentations […]

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Researchers test drones to spot invasive plants in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Researchers with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the University of Minnesota Extension are turning to the skies to help spot and stop invasive plants from spreading across the state. A new project is examining the capacity of drones to help scientists find areas of the state that are being destroyed by Oriental bittersweet. Oriental […]

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