Minnesota’s forest management guidelines: new pocket field guide available

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council has recently published a condensed version of its forest management guidelines. These guidelines focus on the most commonly used ones in operational settings. The condensed version is user-friendly pocket field guide that summarizes the guidelines in a concise format that includes picture examples, useful tips, and a compilation of online resources. It is durable and […]

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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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Forest Service Accepting Applications for Cost-Share Demonstration Projects

PRINCETON, WVa— The U.S. Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) is accepting applications for cost-share demonstration project grants through February 1, 2011. The WERC grants support sustainable forestry and forest industry in the eastern hardwood region. In previous years about $1 million has typically been divided among projects that help primary and secondary hardwood industries sustain the production […]

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MN DNR releases Fall 2010 Market Place Bulletin

The Minnesota DNR, Utilization and Marketing unit has released the fall 2010 edition of the Market Place Bulletin. The Market Place is a great source of information on timber prices, trends, and issues in Minnesota.  It’s also a great source of classified advertisements related to forestry. Highlights of the fall 2010 edition: Biomass:Controversary Swirls The Lone Ranger Ash Management Black Ring […]

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Comment on Minnesota’s Forest Management Guidelines

By Rob Slesak, Minnesota Forest Resources Council The Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) will be considering revisions to the Timber Harvesting and Forest Management Guidelines (PDF) starting in the summer of 2010.  As a prelude to that process, the MFRC is requesting comment from stakeholders and interested individuals on the suitability of existing guidelines, and suggestions for new guidelines. The […]

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MN SFI Implementation Committee seeks logger of the year nominations

Have you worked with an outstanding Minnesota logger?  The Minnesota Sustainable Forest Initiative Implementation Committee is seeking nominations for their 2010 Logger of the Year award. Your nomination should include information about how the nominee excels in the following five areas:  safety, forest management, timber harvesting, business management, and any other considerations.  Winners receive a cash award. For complete details, […]

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The value of private forests and other wood products market news

Don Deckard, Forest Economist with the Minnesota DNR, recently distributed the December 2009 Wood Markets Monthly report.  There’s a lot of interesting reading….  The headlines are below, and you can download the full report here. General Interest New study reports Minnesota’s private forests support 47,000 jobs with $1.8 billion payroll Minnesota counties receive 143% increase in timber payments GDP increased […]

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Minnesota timber harvesting publications and other resource links

  Timber Harvesting OSHA Logging Hazards Safe Chainsaw Operation A Landowner’s Guide to Building Forest Access Roads Sample contract for timber harvesting in Minnesota Sample timber sale contract- Michigan State University Understanding the timber sale contract- University of Wisconsin Logging for the 21st Century: Protecting the Forest Environment Logging for the 21st Century: Forest Ecology and Regeneration How much lumber […]

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Minnesota forest products producer directories

The Minnesota DNR, Division of Forestry’s Utilization & Marketing program maintains directories of Minnesota primary and secondary forest products producers.  You can find the links below. Minnesota Primary Forest Products Producer Directory – lists sawmills, pulp and paper mills, Oriented Strand Board mills, veneer mills, and dry-kiln facilities in Minnesota. Minnesota Secondary Forest Products Producer Directory – lists wood-product manufacturing […]

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