Gathering Partners conference brings people and programs together

Packing handout bags at the Gathering Partners of Natural Resources conference 2017

In a large conference center dining room, lunch has ended and people in the crowd are shouting names of Minnesota cities. “Mankato!” “Duluth!” “Bemidji!” Extension Educator Amy Rager gives them a hint. “It’s north of Highway 10 on a lake…” “Brainerd!” a voice yells from the back. And with that guess, the next location for the annual Gathering Partners of […]

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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: Life Cycle Assessment – An Essential Tool for Determining Environmental Impacts

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Accurate determination of environmental impacts linked to products, and associated raw material procurement and manufacturing processes, requires the use of definitive, scientifically-based tools in accordance with rigorous universal standards. Environmental life cycle assessment, or LCA, has become the tool of choice for determination of impacts. Sometimes referred to as “cradle to grave” analysis, […]

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Silvopasture workshop coming to Central Minnesota

University of Minnesota Extension will be offering a two day workshop on silvopasture opportunities, benefits, and techniques. Participants will be able to meet silviculture practitioners and researchers, and will learn more about this method of sustainable agroforestry. The workshop will be held June 16-17, 2017 in Brainerd & Fort Ripley, MN. For more information and a link to register, visit […]

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Propagating Woody Plants in the Spring

There are several ways to propagate woody plants using stem cuttings: Herbaceous: Cuttings come from non-woody herbaceous plants; Softwood: Cuttings come from new growth of woody plants just after leafing out in the spring; Semi-hardwood: Cuttings from partially mature wood, usually July to fall; Hardwood: Cuttings taken from dormant (before budding) mature woody stems in late fall winter or early […]

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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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Registration now open for Master Woodland Owner: Metro!

The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry Team is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a new Master Woodland Owner course being offered for landowners in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. This hybrid course will meet both online and in-person, and concurrent registration for a day of workshops at the Gathering Partners of Natural Resources conference in St. […]

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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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