New year, new quarantines: updates on the mountain pine beetle and emerald ash borer

The year 2014 concluded with a lot of activity in the area of  invasive species and forest health in Minnesota. Specifically, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture instituted a statewide quarantine for the mountain pine beetle and emerald ash borer was confirmed in a new county in the state.  Subsequent actions are two excellent examples of how the state is being […]

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Reflections on the 2014 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

by UMN Extension Forestry Staff In October, members of the UMN Extension forestry team joined over 600 representatives from natural resource management groups, government agencies, universities, and other organizations at the 2014 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference in Duluth, MN. It was a great event to learn about the current status and trends in managing terrestrial and aquatic invasive species […]

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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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Upcoming event: Ash tree inventory in the Twin Cities (August 13 in St. Paul)

This session and volunteer event will allow participant volunteers to use mobile tablet computers to collect ash inventory data in the Twin Cities. This data will inform a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) research study related to emerald ash borer (EAB). Information about this research study can be found here. The University of Minnesota Extension and the MDA are working […]

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Winter cold impacts on EAB: Minnesota data

By Eli Sagor, University of Minnesota Extension A few weeks ago the local and national media ran a number of hopeful stories about the effect of this year’s deep cold on EAB larvae overwintering under ash bark. We got in on it too: Will winter cold save us from emerald ash borer? Sensing perhaps a bit too much optimism, last week Dr. […]

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Will winter cold save us from emerald ash borer?

By Eli Sagor, University of Minnesota Extension Emerald ash borer is now established in Minnesota and poses a serious threat to our huge population of ash trees. As we shiver through this week’s “polar vortex fueled arctic superfront,” some have taken comfort from recent research suggesting that the cold may wipe out up to 80% of emerald ash borer larvae […]

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KAXE Radio’s Watch Your Ash campaign

We’re pleased to be working with KAXE Northern Community Radio and the Itasca County Private Woodlands Committee to get the word out about emerald ash borer and the threat it poses to Minnesota ash trees.  This spring, KAXE is offering a special Watch Your Ash shirt for some donors and encouraging listeners to do what they can to keep EAB […]

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The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan Slideshow Series (2011)

A new resource, years in the making By Sean Peterson Several years ago, arborist Ken Simons and University of Minnesota Prof. Gary Johnson first set out to define what practical information Minnesota communities needed to develop a step-by-step practical “Master Plan” for street tree planning and design. After much research, compilation of available resources, discussion, planning and finally implementation, in […]

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What you need to know to teach others about EAB

On August 27, 2011 Jeff Hahn and Angela Gupta of the University of Minnesota delivered the following presentation through the University of Minnesota Extension’s 2011 Woodland Webinar series. Click here to watch the complete recording now After watching, please complete our quick evaluation form. Related links: The handout Angela Gupta refers to in her presentation (MS Word doc). Emerald ash […]

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Emerald ash borer and your Minnesota woodlands: Management guidelines

Ash management guide for private forest owners  (PDF, 10.5MB plus a single page foldout) is a new resource for family woodland owners in Minnesota who have ash trees on their land. This guide book is a thorough overview of the ash resource in Minnesota including: ash’s history on the landscape; ash tree identification; information on the emerald ash borer (EAB); […]

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