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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Research Report: Removing harvest residues and compaction impact productivity in aspen forests, but soil texture matters

By: Miranda T. Curzon, Anthony W. D’Amato, Brian J. Palik   Harvest residues as bioenergy feedstocks Increasingly, slash is being viewed as a potential feedstock source for bioenergy production. Slash includes tree tops and limbs which normally would be left on site after a traditional harvest. Aspen-dominated forests are often thought of as being resilient to harvesting and other disturbances, […]

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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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July webinar: Sedge Identification for ECS Silviculture

Regretfully, we have had to cancel this webinar due to unforeseen scheduling issues with our presenter. We apologize for the change and hope to reschedule. Along with our partners at the Sustainable Forests Education Co-operative, we are pleased to announce the next presentation in our monthly webinar series. Everybody is welcome to attend, particularly those interested in wetlands and ECS guidelines. […]

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Ecological silviculture in Minnesota black ash stands: August 2013 workshop review

By Eli Sagor, UMN Extension Few issues have dominated forestry in Minnesota more than the future of ash trees threatened by emerald ash borer. With about a billion trees on almost a million acres in Minnesota alone, ash is important culturally, economically, and ecologically here. The EAB threat has led to two very different areas of research and Extension education: […]

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Ecological silviculture in mixed stands: June 2013 workshop review

By Eli Sagor, UMN Extension How do land managers “read the land” well enough to make long term decisions about the future composition and growth of their woods?  One important tool is ecological classification systems. ECS is a framework to identify native plant communities early on, when planning treatments to harvest mature trees and make decisions about what to favor […]

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Research review: Tradeoffs between mitigation and adaptation approaches

Forests are complex systems, both because of their many parts and processes and because of the diverse human values governing their use.  Sound forest management approaches recognize this complexity and balance multiple objectives including clean water, wildlife habitat, recreational uses, timber production,  and scenic beauty, based on landowner objectives. In recent years, two new objectives have emerged as priorities:  mitigation […]

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Minnesota red pine: Comparing managed and unmanaged stand conditions

Emily Silver is a recent Masters graduate from the Natural Resources Science and Management program on the University of Minnesota’s Saint Paul campus.  This month we feature an interview with Emily describing her research.  More on Minnesota’s red pine forest type is here. Your research investigated differences in stand structure between managed and natural old growth red pine stands in […]

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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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