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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Four actions for better forest management: A Minnesota perspective

by Matt Russell Last month, Eli Sagor introduced me to the MyMinnesotaWoods team and I’m excited to be aboard! In my new role with the U of M Department of Forest Resources and Extension I’ll be addressing forest ecosystem health issues for forest landowners and natural resource professionals across Minnesota. A recent report by Steve Shifley and colleagues from the US Forest […]

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Research Report: Aspen Mixedwoods: complex forests are resilient forests

Mike Reinikainen, Anthony D’Amato, Shawn Fraver, John Bradford and John Almendinger (Report prepared by Mike Reinikainen and Anthony D’Amato) Wet-Mesic Southern Boreal Mixedwoods in Minnesota Prior to 19th century timber harvesting and contemporary management, aspen mixedwoods were older and more ‘mixed’ than they are today, with a greater diversity of tree species, size and age. Over the past century, aspen […]

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Drinking Maple

“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure” takes on a new meaning when applied to Minnesota’s abundant forest resources and diverse cultural traditions. When discussing Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) with landowners and forest resource users, I like to pose the question: “Do you really know what’s in your woods?” While this is not a case of trash versus treasure, […]

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The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Masterplan

By Ken Simons and Gary R. Johnson Download the entire document: The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan (PDF, 6.9MB) and see the accompanying slideshow series, added in December 2011. Down through the ages, the roadside planting of trees has mirrored the order, prosperity and achievements of civilized societies. Man-made row plantings of uniformly spaced trees are evidence […]

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