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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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: 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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May 2016 webinar: EAB and woodland ash

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. With recent discoveries of emerald ash borer in and near Minnesota’s northwoods, foresters are getting more serious about silvicultural options as we face potential widespread ash mortality. Forest health specialist Bob Heyd has seen this loss first hand in Michigan and will share lessons from that experience. We’ll also hear from Andrew […]

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Forest Pest First Detector – 2016 Workshops

Workshop registration is $50 and workshops are from 8 AM – 3 PM, including lunch. Participants must preregister and the registration fee is due during the online registration process. Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Marine on St Croix: William O’Brien State Park Visitor Center 16821 O’Brien Trail North Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 Register here. We’re using a new registration system […]

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New year, new quarantines: updates on the mountain pine beetle and emerald ash borer

The year 2014 concluded with a lot of activity in the area of  invasive species and forest health in Minnesota. Specifically, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture instituted a statewide quarantine for the mountain pine beetle and emerald ash borer was confirmed in a new county in the state.  Subsequent actions are two excellent examples of how the state is being […]

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Reflections on the 2014 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

by UMN Extension Forestry Staff In October, members of the UMN Extension forestry team joined over 600 representatives from natural resource management groups, government agencies, universities, and other organizations at the 2014 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference in Duluth, MN. It was a great event to learn about the current status and trends in managing terrestrial and aquatic invasive species […]

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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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