NTFP Highlight: Blueberries!

Blueberry Basics: In Minnesota, native blueberries thrive on acidic soils (pH 4.0 to 5.0) that are low in fertility.    Blueberries are frequently found on burned-over areas from recent wildfires, areas that have been logged or sites with ledge rock or rock outcrops.  Blueberries can also be found growing along the edge of bogs. Wild blueberry plants are readily established from […]

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Minnesota timber harvesting publications and other resource links

  Timber Harvesting OSHA Logging Hazards Safe Chainsaw Operation A Landowner’s Guide to Building Forest Access Roads Sample contract for timber harvesting in Minnesota Sample timber sale contract- Michigan State University Understanding the timber sale contract- University of Wisconsin Logging for the 21st Century: Protecting the Forest Environment Logging for the 21st Century: Forest Ecology and Regeneration How much lumber […]

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Welcome to MMW / Non-Timber Forest Products

Welcome to the Non-Timber Forest Product section of the new My Minnesota Woods! Forests touch lives and livelihoods in so many ways that it is impossible to impose categories on the myriad forest types, plants, animals, products, applications, and motivations associated with forested landscapes and the incredible breadth of people who connect with them. MyMinnesotaWoods / Non-Timber Forest Products exists […]

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October 2009 Woody Biomass Forage Harvester Demo

Update October 19: This event has been rescheduled from October 21 to October 28, 2009.  The text below reflects the change. The University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) will be hosting a New Holland FR9000 Forage Harvester with an 130FB Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) Woody Crop Header on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.  When […]

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Woody biomass: Sept. 2009 bio-baler demonstrations

I received the following announcement from Dean Current, University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources, today.  It may be of interest to loggers, natural resource professionals, and some woodland owners considering woody biomass harvest options.  -ed. Update: these demonstrations have passed. A nice KEYC TV news story with video of the harvester is here.  We’re working on a video from […]

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Light on the Land Small-scale Logging field day: Sept. 19 2009, Brainerd

Small-scale Logging Field Day: September 19, 2009, Brainerd. Download complete event details (PDF) Small-scale logging is a system and a range of equipment that increases logging flexibility and extends production seasons.  Small-scale logging is designed for harvesting operations where maneuverability is a primary concern.  It is not logging small trees and/or small volumes. Why attend? Whether you are a logger, […]

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Small Ownerships: Overview

In addition to limited access to cost-sharing, owners of smaller parcels can be faced with significant forest management challenges. Windstorms, insect outbreaks, and diseases can affect woodlands regardless of boundaries. On smaller parcels though, the costs of treatments to reduce impacts can be prohibitively high. This can lead to less treatment, which can lead to worse outbreaks in the long run.

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Small ownerships: Cross-boundary coordination

The high fixed costs associated with managing small parcels can be spread out across more parcels if you’re able to coordinate your forest stewardship activities with nearby woodland owners. Your forester, logger, or local MFA chapter may be able to help you identify other area landowners who might be interested in collaboration.

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