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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Feeling the Heat: Helping Our Forests & Creatures Keep Up with Change

In recent months, we couldn’t help but hear about climate change, from Pope Francis to President Obama to world leaders gathered in Paris. What does it mean to our Minnesota forests and their creatures, and most importantly, what can we do about it?   But Climate Has Always Changed Our Earth and forests are ever-changing. So is our climate. The pace […]

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How much carbon do Minnesota’s forests store?

After spending time in the woods on a hike or a hunt, think about how much biomass our forests have. Forests are a tremendous sink of biomass and carbon: they grab carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use it for functions like tree growth. Forests across the world sequester about 16% of all carbon dioxide emitted every year. So part of the carbon […]

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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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MFRC report: Assessing Forestation Opportunities for Carbon Sequestration in Minnesota

In January 2010 the Minnesota Forest Resources Council and the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources released a new report on the costs and feasibility of adding a million acres of new forest land in Minnesota.  The executive summary is below.  Download the complete report here: Assessing forestation opportunities for carbon sequestration in Minnesota. Assessing forestation opportunities for carbon […]

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CVal: Carbon credit valuation tool for foresters and landowners

This announcement is reprinted from the March 12, 2009 Community Forestry Resource Center weekly news and event summary. CVal: A Carbon Valuation Tool for Foresters and Private Forest Landowners The CVal spreadsheet is a powerful tool that will help foresters, managers, and project developers work with private forest landowners to assess the economic profitability of participating in carbon markets. CVal […]

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Free climate change webinar series for Spring 2009

This webinar series will run from January – May 2009 and feature monthly presentations geared to help land managers, consulting foresters, and private forest landowners stay informed on the latest science and tech transfer tools related to forest-based adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Each webinar is an hour long, including Q & A, although there will be an optional […]

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Family forest radio & podcast series continues

The American Forest Foundation and Earth & Sky’s radio and  podcast series on family forest issues continues.  The podcasts are excellent and well worth a download.  This month’s series focuses on carbon credits with Neil Sampson.  Details from the announcement are below.Tune in to Earth & Sky radio network and website to learn how forest landowners manage their land for […]

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