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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Changing Ash Habitats and the Wildlife Impact

Fraxinus Fuss A little green bug has potential to cause quite a bother in Minnesota when it comes to our trees in the genus Fraxinus, or ash trees. This pest, the emerald ash borer (EAB), is an invasive insect from Asia. First discovered in Michigan in 2002, it has caused the death of millions of ash trees in the eastern […]

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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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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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November 2015 webinar: Forest Management for Moose

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. Moose populations have declined about 50% in recent years, for reasons that have been difficult to pin down. Some land managers have been exploring opportunities to improve habitat conditions. We’ll hear from two presenters: Moose ecologist Ron Moen from NRRI and Lake County land commissioner Nate Eide about the status of moose […]

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Gray Wolf (Canis lupis) – Northwoods Icon

By: Jodie Provost, DNR Private Land Habitat Coordinator Gray wolves have a unique legacy and saga in Minnesota. Through the ups and downs, the majority of Minnesotans have valued this Northwoods icon as ecologically important, scientifically fascinating, aesthetically attractive, recreationally appealing and significant for future generations. Wolves inhabited most of North America north of 20 degrees latitude prior to European […]

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Beaver – Nature’s Tenacious Habitat Engineer

By: Jodie Provost, DNR Private Land Habitat Coordinator Our largest North American rodent, the beaver (Castor canadensis), can be hailed as one of our greatest, if not the greatest, engineers of habitat, while simultaneously being a tenacious rascal. It depends on where he does his handy work and how affected landowners perceive it. Is that wetland created by a dam […]

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July 2015 webinar: Forest Dead Wood and Decay: Implications for forest & wildlife managers

Tuesday July 21, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. The amount and quality of forest dead wood is important for providing forest structure, sustaining wildlife habitat, and maintaining biodiversity. This webinar will synthesize recent research on dead wood characteristics (e.g., standing dead trees and downed woody debris) and dynamics for this important forest attribute and discuss implications within a management context. […]

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Winter Habitat for Pheasants

Establishing good winter habitat for pheasants is often neglected until there is a devastating winter blizzard or ice storm, when it is too late to help the pheasant population.  When spring weather melts the snow drifts and landscapes become green, it is easy to again forget to make appropriate winter habitat available for pheasants to survive the next winter. Plan now […]

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