Webinar: Transitioning Black Ash Wetlands to an EAB Infested Future

Tuesday, October 17 from noon to 1:00pm Emerald ash borer is just now beginning to extend into the near mono-specific black ash (Fraxinus nigra) wetlands of the western Great Lakes region. Loss of ash from these forests may have profound changes on ecosystem structure and function. I discuss a project located on the Chippewa National Forest that is designed to […]

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Ecological Impact of White-tailed Deer on Our Forests

White-tailed deer are one of Minnesota’s most socially, economically and ecologically important critters. Their importance stems from their beauty, popularity as a prized big game animal, nutritious venison, useful hides, impressive antlers, and ability to create fun family hunting memories and boost revenue for local businesses and outdoor industries. However, deer also collide with vehicles, can damage gardens, crops and […]

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Webinar: Ecological Forestry to Promote Healthy Forests

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Ecological forestry has many definitions but at the simplest it is balancing the need for the extraction of forest products and natural stand and disturbance dynamics. Increasingly foresters and natural resource managers have to balance multiple objectives when developing silvicultural prescriptions. Silvics, the knowledge of individual tree’s life history, growth, and behavior, is […]

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Webinar: Two scales are better than one – how to monitor forests for adaptive management without breaking the bank

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, noon – 1:00 p.m. For those of us who manage forests for multiple, often conflicting values, monitoring poses some unique challenges. Pair that complexity with the uncertainty of climate change and we have to get really creative to find affordable monitoring solutions that get us enough information to answer basic questions. We will give a step-by-step overview […]

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Webinar: Oak and fire in Minnesota forests

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Oak forests and savannas provide valuable ecosystem services including timber production and wildlife habitat. Historically, fire has played an important role in the development, maintenance, and distribution of oak forests across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. This webinar will focus on the advantages and limitations of using fire in oak-dominated forests, drawing […]

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Spruce budworm in Minnesota: new fact sheet and resources

A new fact sheet from the University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources can help forestry professionals, landowners, and others develop strategies for managing spruce budworm outbreaks. Eastern spruce budworm: Management approaches in Minnesota’s forests discusses the life cycle and symptoms of spruce budworm and management strategies to maintain healthy and productive spruce-fir forests in Minnesota. In Minnesota, […]

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June 2016 webinar: Importance of managed forests to Minnesota’s forest birds

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Managed forests provide important breeding habitat for over 100 species of birds in Minnesota. This presentation will discuss the influence of site and landscape factors on forest bird distributions and dynamics in managed forests. The consequences of forest management and timber sale designs will be discussed. Speaker: Alexis Grinde, UMD – Natural […]

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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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December 2015 webinar: Impacts of Deer Browse on Forest Regeneration across the Northern US

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. Forest managers are greatly concerned about the effects that browsing from white-tailed deer have on forest regeneration processes. Deer can reduce the abundance and composition of trees and herbs through browsing and can alter the habitat availability for a variety of organisms. This webinar will highlight recent research on deer density and its […]

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