2017 Forestry Webinar Series

We are pleased to announce our 2017 webinar series. Each session includes a 45-minute presentation and live questions and answers. There are two ways to participate: Watch live on your computer for a small fee or with others at a local broadcast site at no charge. Each webinar will be recorded and posted on the SFEC YouTube Channel.  Recordings are typically available within one week of the live broadcast. […]

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Pileated Woodpecker – Dapper Drummer

An increase in woodpecker calls and drumming will soon mark the advance of spring. One of those noise makers will be the pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus), one of our largest, most dapper forest birds. A native, year-round resident, it’s mostly black with bold white stripes, a triangular flaming red crest, long chisel-like bill, body up to 19 inches long, and […]

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Updated online forest adaptation resources now available

The Northern Institute for Applied Climate Science created the Adaptation Workbook as an online, interactive version of the practical workbook published in Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers. This year, we’ve re-launched the site with many new improvements, including: New resources that support urban forestry and agriculture projects, in addition to forest management projects An updated design for a […]

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Agroforestry in the spotlight: New ways for old terrain

There’s an old saying that it is hard to see the forest for the trees, but some Minnesota farmers look to the trees to help increase agricultural productivity and address environmental issues, including water quality. They aren’t simply managing the trees; they are intentionally combining trees with forage and livestock systems. Lifelong farmer Dan Caughey and his family raise beef […]

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Decision support for community-based deer management

Communities around the United States are struggling with problems related to deer. These include deer-vehicle collisions, tick-borne illnesses, and damage to woodlands, landscaping, and other natural areas. A new online resource provides support to local leaders who are searching for practical guidance to navigate contentious deer management issues. The Community Deer Advisor offers a process for structuring local deer management […]

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Coming Soon: Master Woodland Owner Laurentian Cohort

We are pleased to announce the next cohort of our Master Woodland Owner program. Opening in spring 2017, the Laurentian cohort will be focusing on private forest management for folks living near or interested in Minnesota’s north woods. Three face-to-face meetings will take place during the course of the year, and all will take place at or near the Laurentian Environmental […]

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Our Minnesota Forest Gems

What’s an expansive way to provide quality wildlife habitat in Minnesota’s forests? Encourage landowners and businesses to use sustainable, responsible management and procurement practices on, or “certify”, nearly 8.4 million acres of public and private forests. Then identify the most outstanding and critical of those acres for management of their high conservation values. Voila! Quality forest management equals healthy, diverse […]

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Webinar: Minnesota’s changing forests from 1935 to today

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. The first statewide forest survey in 1935 has been restored and compared with forest conditions of today. Findings show the evolution of forest survey focus and methodology and dramatic changes in forest conditions from a young forest arising from widespread disturbance to an older forest today. These changes have important implications for […]

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Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) – The Tree Fox

Gray Fox

Cat or Dog?   The gray fox is a member of the dog family, Canidae, like red fox, coyotes and wolves.  But it behaves more like a member of the cat family with its unusual and useful tree climbing skill to escape predators, find safe resting spots and obtain food.  They have been observed 32 feet high!  Extremely sharp, curved, semi-retractable […]

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