Fall control for EAB

The risk status for emerald ash borer was changed yesterday to low activity. This is a great time of year to inspect your ash trees and prune or remove any branches, stumps, or trees. Forest landowners who have a stewardship plan for their ash stands may be preparing for a harvest to reduce the percentage of ash on their property. […]

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Help guide Extension programming by taking a short survey

A super cute deer looks out from a lush, green forest.

The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry and Wildlife programs are looking for participants to complete a survey to better understand what Minnesotans know and feel about deer in their community and woodlands. Your responses will help in developing an Extension program that will assess the impacts to forest vegetation by white-tailed deer in Minnesota. If you are interested in what […]

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Webinar: Status of Minnesota’s Forest Health

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, noon – 1:00 p.m. Every year insects and diseases kill large numbers of Minnesota’s trees. Through aerial surveys, ground surveys, and in-depth site investigations, the Minnesota DNR’s forest health team strives to track what insects and diseases are most damaging to our forests, which ones are on the rise, and which ones are on the downswing. This […]

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Harvest for habitat, harvest for forest health: Over 70 landowners and service providers meet in the East Iron Range

On September 30, 2016 over 70 woodland owners and service providers met in Iron Junction, MN to discuss opportunities for managing private woodlands. At this Forestry Field Day, woodland owners and service providers discussed options available promote wildlife habitat and forest health. The day began in the morning with an open house with presentations by service providers. These presentations included information on […]

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July 2016 webinar: Forest disturbances in Minnesota

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Nearly two million acres of Minnesota’s 17 million acres of forests were impacted by some kind of disturbance over the past five years. These disturbances include damage from weather, insects and diseases, fire and animal damage such as deer browse. This webinar will offer perspectives on the impacts of these disturbances across […]

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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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March 2016 webinar: Forest management effects on water

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Forest management operations can impact soil water balance and hydrology indirectly through altered transpiration or directly through compaction and associated changes in soil properties. Dr. Karwan will review the common drivers of soil hydrology changes following forest operations, compare effects in conifer- vs. deciduous-dominated stands, and suggest practices to reduce negative impacts […]

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February 2016 webinar: Practical silviculture for non-foresters

  ***CORRECTION*** Please note the date for this webinar was incorrectly listed as January 26 in our monthly newsletter. The correct date is February 16 as noted below. Tuesday, February 16, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Ecologists, wildlife managers, and others are increasingly invited to comment on proposed silvicultural treatments, particularly on public lands. If these situations make you scratch your […]

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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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January 2016 webinar: Forest insects and diseases in Minnesota

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Every year insects and diseases kill large numbers of Minnesota’s trees. Through aerial surveys, ground surveys, and in-depth site investigations, the Minnesota DNR’s forest health team strives to track what insects and diseases are most damaging to our forests, which ones are on the rise, and which ones are on the downswing. […]

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