New web resource: Caring for deer and forests

By Susan L. Stout, US Forest Service A Resource Center for Eastern North America Deer, forests, and people are connected. Forests provide food, cover, and clean water that deer need.  Forests growing on nutrient-rich soils with many food plants can support many more deer than forests with poor soils and few forest floor plants. That is, they have a higher […]

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Carbon trading and forests: Background and overview

Recently you may have heard people talking about “carbon credits,” “carbon trading,” “carbon sequestration,” and possibly even the “Kyoto Protocols.” These phrases and other similar terms have become increasingly part of our language as energy companies, paper mills, factories, and other industrial manufacturers are looking for opportunities to offset their greenhouse gas emissions through a market-based mechanism that would pay […]

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How Much Does it Cost to Water This Tree?

View as a PDF: How Much Does it Cost to Water this Tree? By: Adam Flett, Department of Forest Resources Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Technical Advisors: Gary Johnson, Department of Forest Resources and John Lamb, Department of Soil, Water and Climate Water is a biological necessity for all trees, whether in a landscape or woodland setting and must […]

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Silviculture and Carbon in the Cloquet Woods

What are the connections between forests and atmospheric carbon?  How do different silvicultural interventions affect forest-based carbon uptake and storage?  On February 25, about 75 foresters, researchers, and others took to the Cloquet Forestry Center woods to find out. The tour included visits to red pine, aspen, and mixed aspen-spruce stands with a variety of management histories, from benign neglect […]

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MFA announces Spring 2009 Field Days program

Mark Your Calendar for MFA’s Annual Meeting and Spring Field Days 2009! Reprinted by request from the MFA February / March 2009 newsletter This Family Event is set for New York Mills, Minnesota on Friday evening, May 15, and Saturday, May 16. New York Mills is on Highway 10, 90 minutes northwest of St. Cloud. Friday evening festivities will be […]

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Silvopasture

According to the National Range and Pasture Management Handbook, 60 million acres of private forestland are grazed in the United States (Butler, et al. 1997). For years the conventional wisdom among foresters has been that you need to keep the cattle out of the woods if you want to raise high quality trees for timber production. There’s no question that […]

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Stem Girdling Roots: The underground epidemic killing our trees

Download Stem Girdling Roots: The underground epidemic killing our trees (PDF) Gary Johnson, Professor, Urban and Community Forestry, Department of Forest Resources, St. Paul, MN; Dennis Fallon, Vegetation Management Coordinator, Xcel Energy; Andrew Rose, Creative Director, Hand/Eye Communications. How many trees die prematurely each year? Thousands? Millions? Billions? It’s almost impossible to pinpoint, but one unseen culprit – dysfunctional (abnormal) […]

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Free climate change webinar series for Spring 2009

This webinar series will run from January – May 2009 and feature monthly presentations geared to help land managers, consulting foresters, and private forest landowners stay informed on the latest science and tech transfer tools related to forest-based adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Each webinar is an hour long, including Q & A, although there will be an optional […]

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The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Masterplan

By Ken Simons and Gary R. Johnson Download the entire document: The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan (PDF, 6.9MB) and see the accompanying slideshow series, added in December 2011. Down through the ages, the roadside planting of trees has mirrored the order, prosperity and achievements of civilized societies. Man-made row plantings of uniformly spaced trees are evidence […]

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