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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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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Thinking like an investor: why diverse forests are a good bet for an uncertain future

Typical sub-boreal forest along Lake Superior's north shore

A big part of my job is to talk with forest landowners about their investments. So, am I a stock broker? No. A financial advisor? Nope. A real estate salesman? Wrong again. I’m a climate change specialist with the USDA Forest Service and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and my job is to help foresters and landowners prepare […]

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April 2016 webinar: Climate Change and Eastern Larch Beetle

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. The eastern larch beetle is found throughout North American tamarack forests. However, its tree-killing behavior in Minnesota and Wisconsin hasn’t followed typical patterns in recent decades. In this webinar we’ll examine the causes of an ongoing outbreak that has shown no signs of slowing down. Speaker: Brian Aukema, UMN Department of Entomology […]

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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 Competitive is Minnesota’s Forest Products Industry? Insights from a new MFRC Report

In December 2014 the Minnesota Forest Resources Council released a new report on the global competitiveness of Minnesota’s forest products industry.  The executive summary is below.  Download the complete report here: Report on the Competitiveness of Minnesota’s Primary Forest Products Industry. Report on the Competitiveness of Minnesota’s Primary Forest Products Industry: Executive Summary Minnesota’s primary forest products industry is vital to […]

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September 2014 Webinar: Resilience and the Minnesota northwoods

Adaptive silviculture for climate change Tuesday, September 16th from noon-1:00pm Climate change is expected to influence forests by altering disturbance regimes, increasing tree mortality rates during droughts, expanding the range of forest pests and diseases, and changing competitive interactions. The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project is a science-management partnership that is establishing a large experimental trial in a […]

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Bioenergy Production and Climate Change Research Walk-&-Talk

When: October 1, 2014 (1-4 PM) Where: 175 University Road, Cloquet, MN 55720 Course Description: Several state and federal policies have been enacted to promote the use of biomass for energy. Furthermore, several research programs are underway in Minnesota to understand the effects of climate change on forest systems. Designed for landowners and natural resource professionals, you will learn about […]

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