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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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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Are you a woodland owner? Help contribute to a new survey

Are you a woodland owner? Are you interested in participating in a research project designed to learn about how private woodland owners think about and engage with their land? In collaboration with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Harvard Forest is looking for participants for a research study investigating how private woodland owners think about and engage with their land. This project […]

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Help create the Minnesota Bee Atlas

We all know how vitally important pollinating insects like bees are to our ecosystem and food chain. But did you know that as a forest landowner in Minnesota there are opportunities to help pollinators thrive? In addition to making important stewardship decisions to help bees on your land, now there is a program for Minnesotans to help researchers track the […]

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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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2014 webinars from Extension and SFEC

We’re pleased to announce a new collaboration between Extension and the Sustainable Forestry Education Cooperative to deliver a new webinar every month in 2014. “Webinars” are online presentations that include live questions and answers. Who should participate:  These presentations are designed for natural resource professionals and interested landowners and are approved for continuing education credits through SAF and MN Forest Stewardship. […]

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Announcing 2014 Minnesota Family Woodlands Conferences in Bemidji and Rochester

We’re excited to announce two major family woodland owner conferences this spring. Save the dates! Bemidji State University: March 14-15, 2014. Rochester Community and Technical College: April 25-26, 2014: Download a flyer or register here. Each will feature day-long workshops, tours, and 24 presentations by local professionals and University of Minnesota Extension faculty — all designed to help landowners implement their vision […]

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MFRC announces revisions to Minnesota’s Voluntary Site-level Timber Harvest Guidelines

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council is pleased to announce the release of the revised publication Sustaining Minnesota Forest Resources: Voluntary Site-level Forest Management Guidelines. Release of this publication caps a more than two-year evaluation process, peer review, and public comment period (see link below for more details). Changes made in this revised version include modification of the 1) allowable infrastructure […]

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