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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Webinar: Two scales are better than one – how to monitor forests for adaptive management without breaking the bank

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, noon – 1:00 p.m. For those of us who manage forests for multiple, often conflicting values, monitoring poses some unique challenges. Pair that complexity with the uncertainty of climate change and we have to get really creative to find affordable monitoring solutions that get us enough information to answer basic questions. We will give a step-by-step overview […]

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Webinar: Status of Minnesota’s Forest Health

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, noon – 1:00 p.m. Every year insects and diseases kill large numbers of Minnesota’s trees. Through aerial surveys, ground surveys, and in-depth site investigations, the Minnesota DNR’s forest health team strives to track what insects and diseases are most damaging to our forests, which ones are on the rise, and which ones are on the downswing. This […]

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