July webinar: Sedge Identification for ECS Silviculture

Regretfully, we have had to cancel this webinar due to unforeseen scheduling issues with our presenter. We apologize for the change and hope to reschedule. Along with our partners at the Sustainable Forests Education Co-operative, we are pleased to announce the next presentation in our monthly webinar series. Everybody is welcome to attend, particularly those interested in wetlands and ECS guidelines. […]

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Ecological silviculture in Minnesota black ash stands: August 2013 workshop review

By Eli Sagor, UMN Extension Few issues have dominated forestry in Minnesota more than the future of ash trees threatened by emerald ash borer. With about a billion trees on almost a million acres in Minnesota alone, ash is important culturally, economically, and ecologically here. The EAB threat has led to two very different areas of research and Extension education: […]

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Ecological silviculture in mixed stands: June 2013 workshop review

By Eli Sagor, UMN Extension How do land managers “read the land” well enough to make long term decisions about the future composition and growth of their woods?  One important tool is ecological classification systems. ECS is a framework to identify native plant communities early on, when planning treatments to harvest mature trees and make decisions about what to favor […]

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Minnesota’s four biomes

Minnesota is at the center of four ecological province, or biomes.  The four Minnesota biomes are as follows: Northeastern Minnesota is dominated by the Laurentian Mixed Forest, which for many is synonymous with the north woods or boreal forest.  The Laurentian Mixed Forest province is dominated by aspen, pine, spruce, and fir, with pockets of northern hardwoods (generally caused by climatic […]

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