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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Thinking like an investor: why diverse forests are a good bet for an uncertain future

Typical sub-boreal forest along Lake Superior's north shore

A big part of my job is to talk with forest landowners about their investments. So, am I a stock broker? No. A financial advisor? Nope. A real estate salesman? Wrong again. I’m a climate change specialist with the USDA Forest Service and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and my job is to help foresters and landowners prepare […]

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Feeling the Heat: Helping Our Forests & Creatures Keep Up with Change

In recent months, we couldn’t help but hear about climate change, from Pope Francis to President Obama to world leaders gathered in Paris. What does it mean to our Minnesota forests and their creatures, and most importantly, what can we do about it?   But Climate Has Always Changed Our Earth and forests are ever-changing. So is our climate. The pace […]

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How Competitive is Minnesota’s Forest Products Industry? Insights from a new MFRC Report

In December 2014 the Minnesota Forest Resources Council released a new report on the global competitiveness of Minnesota’s forest products industry.  The executive summary is below.  Download the complete report here: Report on the Competitiveness of Minnesota’s Primary Forest Products Industry. Report on the Competitiveness of Minnesota’s Primary Forest Products Industry: Executive Summary Minnesota’s primary forest products industry is vital to […]

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Four actions for better forest management: A Minnesota perspective

by Matt Russell Last month, Eli Sagor introduced me to the MyMinnesotaWoods team and I’m excited to be aboard! In my new role with the U of M Department of Forest Resources and Extension I’ll be addressing forest ecosystem health issues for forest landowners and natural resource professionals across Minnesota. A recent report by Steve Shifley and colleagues from the US Forest […]

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Climate and Minnesota’s woodlands: Reflections from a February 2012 event

What can foresters and landowners do to maintain the health and productivity of the state’s woodlands during a period of rapid change and uncertain future conditions? In February 2012, the University of Minnesota’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative (SFEC) convened researchers and natural resource professionals to answer this question. This article offers a short summary of the presentations and ideas discussed […]

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Learning from the future: The family forest in 2058

Mike Reichenbach, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension John DuPlissis, Forestry Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point The story about “The Family Forest in 2058” was developed by participants of the 2009 Woodland Leadership Institute[1].  The process of developing this story challenged the participants to think about their forest, family forest ownership and their views of forest ownership within the […]

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MFRC report: Assessing Forestation Opportunities for Carbon Sequestration in Minnesota

In January 2010 the Minnesota Forest Resources Council and the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources released a new report on the costs and feasibility of adding a million acres of new forest land in Minnesota.  The executive summary is below.  Download the complete report here: Assessing forestation opportunities for carbon sequestration in Minnesota. Assessing forestation opportunities for carbon […]

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Minnesota woodlands and climate change

Alternate formats: Narrated presentation: This content is available as a web-based seminar, or “webinar,” recorded on April 20, 2010. Click here to watch the recording now. After watching it, please fill out our quick evaluation form.  Learn more about other Minnesota Extension forestry webinars. Or view just the slides, no narration. PDF version of this page (717KB) Section 1:  How Minnesota’s […]

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