Northern Minnesota phenology for December 2013: Rabbits and hares

In my neighborhood there are two distinct versions of what are generically called “rabbits”. Actually they are two separate families of the order Leporidae. Commonly referred to as rabbits and hares they share many characteristics, long, fur covered hind feet, long ears that are always longer than they are wide, and a short fluffy tail. In Minnesota we have the […]

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Research review: Tradeoffs between mitigation and adaptation approaches

Forests are complex systems, both because of their many parts and processes and because of the diverse human values governing their use.  Sound forest management approaches recognize this complexity and balance multiple objectives including clean water, wildlife habitat, recreational uses, timber production,  and scenic beauty, based on landowner objectives. In recent years, two new objectives have emerged as priorities:  mitigation […]

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Minnesota red pine: Comparing managed and unmanaged stand conditions

Emily Silver is a recent Masters graduate from the Natural Resources Science and Management program on the University of Minnesota’s Saint Paul campus.  This month we feature an interview with Emily describing her research.  More on Minnesota’s red pine forest type is here. Your research investigated differences in stand structure between managed and natural old growth red pine stands in […]

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Minnesota seeks lookouts for invasive pests

Minnesota is looking for volunteers to join the hundreds of citizens who already have stepped up to help keep an eye out for new infestations of emerald ash borer and other destructive invasive pests. These volunteer “first detectors” form part of the state’s early warning system for invasive tree pests, making it more likely that infestations will be found in […]

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Perspective: Missed opportunities

When you live in a particular place for a number of years I think it is very easy to take your landscape for granted. You don’t notice subtle changes and therefore assume everything remains the same. But how much do we really look, how much do we really notice? For me, looking at the forest began with a few words […]

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MN DNR releases Fall 2010 Market Place Bulletin

The Minnesota DNR, Utilization and Marketing unit has released the fall 2010 edition of the Market Place Bulletin. The Market Place is a great source of information on timber prices, trends, and issues in Minnesota.  It’s also a great source of classified advertisements related to forestry. Highlights of the fall 2010 edition: Biomass:Controversary Swirls The Lone Ranger Ash Management Black Ring […]

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