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 […]
Extreme is the word that immediately comes to mind when thinking about Minnesota’s weather. The first week of October 2012 had fluctuations with warm temperatures giving way to snow in a matter of hours. The small community of Karlstad in northwest Minnesota was impacted by wildfire on Oct. 2 and two days later had 6 inches of snow on the […]
Early on the morning of Saturday, April 10, while I was enjoying a telephone conversation with a friend, a very large, yellow colored airplane (CL215) rumbled over the roof of my house turning in an easterly direction. Within a few minutes, the airplane returned and I quickly ended the phone conversation to investigate. I raced down to Pokegama Lake and […]
Forest fires are classified as surface, crown, or ground fires based on their manner of spread. Most forest fires in the Midwest are surface fires. They burn only the litter and other small fuels on the forest floor. They may scar the base of large trees and kill small trees.