Maple Syrup and Drought

Around this time of year, questions begin surfacing in some people’s minds about the expected conditions for maple tapping and for syrup production. Particularly in the last year or so, drought-like conditions have been an area of concern. This post specifically addresses concerns related to tapping maple trees that have been subject to drought, or drought-like conditions. Thank you! to […]

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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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Know thy woods: On the value of monitoring

You may have noticed a lot of talk on MyMinnesotaWoods about forest health and phenology. There’s a common theme and a good reason for this: There are a lot of good reasons to monitor your woods through the weeks, months, years, and even decades: 1. Trees and woodland stands are constantly changing. Trees have to grow to live, and big […]

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Climate and Minnesota’s woodlands: Reflections from a February 2012 event

What can foresters and landowners do to maintain the health and productivity of the state’s woodlands during a period of rapid change and uncertain future conditions? In February 2012, the University of Minnesota’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative (SFEC) convened researchers and natural resource professionals to answer this question. This article offers a short summary of the presentations and ideas discussed […]

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Minnesota woodlands and climate change

Alternate formats: Narrated presentation: This content is available as a web-based seminar, or “webinar,” recorded on April 20, 2010. Click here to watch the recording now. After watching it, please fill out our quick evaluation form.  Learn more about other Minnesota Extension forestry webinars. Or view just the slides, no narration. PDF version of this page (717KB) Section 1:  How Minnesota’s […]

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Winter Damage to Trees and Shrubs: Good sources of info

It’s not just the cold!  Trees also have to survive salt, ice, de-icers, hungry wildlife, and more.  Here are a few good pubs on preventing winter damage to trees from these and other sources: Protecting Trees and Shrubs Against Winter Damage, a publication by Bert T. Swanson and Richard Rideout, University of Minnesota. This publication discusses damage to trees from […]

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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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Seasonal Care for Trees and Shrubs in Northern U.S. Climates

Welcome to the world of tree care! In the left hand column of the image below, you will find links to the many maintenance duties you can do to help keep your landscape trees healthy and safe. The accompanying chart highlights the most favorable timing for the listed tree care activities. Below this chart you can find links to other complete chart versions that are larger and easier to read.

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