October 2014 webinar: The state of forestry in Minnesota

Tuesday, October 21st from noon-1:00pm Minnesota’s forests, as well as markets for forest products, are continually changing.  Few, if any, have tracked these changes over the past several decades more closely than Alan Ek, head of the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources.  Dr. Ek will present updated data on the composition of Minnesota forests and discuss a range […]

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What is Urban and Community Forestry?

The urban forest includes all of the natural resources in an urban area – plants, soil, water, animals – and is often referred to as the “green infrastructure” of a community. Any residential, commercial or institutional community that has public services – streets, curbs, utilities – is considered an urban area, in contrast to a rural area. Urban forestry is […]

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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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Natural Resource Enterprise Workshop

A workshop for people interested in income opportunities from the northwoods. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 15 September 2011 (PDF Flyer) North Central Research and Outreach Center, 1861 East Highway 169, Grand Rapids, MN COST: $15 Includes workshop, lunch, and take-home resources Don’t forget: Goods From the Woods will be held September 17, also in Grand Rapids Presenters* Don Hermes, […]

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Natural Resource Enterprise Workshop

7 August 2010 Green Pastures Dairy, 2351 Bromfield Road, Carlton, MN (Carlton County) Keep the family farm or forest Create additional income Strengthen connections to the land COST: $25 Includes workshop, lunch, tour, and take-home resources Directions: From the North on I-35: Exit 235 (Carlton / Cromwell), Turn LEFT under I35, first RIGHT onto Co.61. Go 6 miles until blue […]

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Changes to the Minnesota Forest Stewardship Program

By Gary Michael, MN DNR – Division of Forestry JANUARY 2010:  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – Division of Forestry’s Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) is undertaking a major shift in how it operates. For decades the FSP has been delivering free forest management plans to non-industrial private forest landowners. A recent change in funding and an increase in demand […]

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Two videos: Natural disturbance-based silviculture and restoring late-successional structure

Back in June 2009, someone named Tom posted a great question about applying the Dauerwald concept in Minnesota.  In a nutshell, the Dauerwald approach involves intensive management designed to maintain a high diversity of tree species and ages.  This approach can be attractive to those interested in active management but less comfortable with more extensive harvests such as clearcuts or […]

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Thinning Minnesota conifer stands

Thinnings, or intermediate treatments, can improve the health, safety, and productivity of conifer plantations and natural stands.  In our new video, Minnesota DNR forester Art Widerstrom and discusses and how to plan your thinning, where to find help, and how to get it done. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnOZBj6n9l8] Be sure to leave your comments below.  If you like this video, you may also be […]

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Community Supported Forestry

Like the idea of Community Supported Agriculture?  Looking for ways to make a few bucks from your woodland?  A Wisconsin family is trying Community Supported Forestry. This is a pretty interesting idea:  For an annual payment of $550, Roald Gundersen and Amelia Baxter of Hamburg, WI are offering unlimited access to their 140-acre wooded valley south of LaCrosse.  Four of […]

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