Nontimber forest products in Minnesota: Two webinar recordings

This post has links to two recorded webinars about nontimber forest products in Minnesota.  The presenter is David Wilsey of the University of Minnesota Extension. Part 1, May 2010: Nontimber forest products in Minnesota Watch the recording of Part 1 now After watching, please fill in the quick part 1 evaluation form. Content of Part 1: Dave Wilsey, University of […]

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Minnesota maple blog series: Timber Sweet

Roots are in the woods Ralph Fideldy will tell you up front that his best boyhood memories were created during the maple syrup season, working with his father in the sugarbush in the 1960’s.   Being in the woods, watching winter turn to spring, strongly impacted his life and Ralph claims that those experiences are when “maple got into his blood”. […]

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Minnesota maple blog series: Making maple syrup at the Gordon and Lorraine Peterson farm

Link to 2011 Maple Series Discussion Thread Join us as we follow this exciting season from Minnesota’s north woods with new posts every week!  You can find all of the 2011 Minnesota maple blog series content here.  You can also sign up to for new Minnesota maple series post notifications by email or your favorite RSS feed reader. “There is in some parts […]

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Video: Solar-powered forestry

Our latest video features Greg Nolan and Marcia Rapatz of Browerville.  Learn how Greg and Marcia’s land management has produced large white pine and gradually turned brushlands into young quality oak stands. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpwZqd9dqbA This video is produced by Philip Potyondy and Eli Sagor. For more on Peter Bundy, the forester who appears briefly in the video, visit his Masconomo Forestry […]

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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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New book available: Woodland Stewardship, 2nd Edition

Woodland Stewardship: A Practical Guide for Midwestern Landowners, 2nd Edition was published by the University of Minnesota Extension for use by private woodland owners in the Upper Midwest. This revised 2nd edition builds on the highly successful first edition in 1993, which was distributed to tens of thousands of landowners throughout the Midwest.  This new book is designed to help […]

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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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Book review: Timber Tax Management for Family Forest Owners

By Mike Reichenbach, University of Minnesota Extension Forester Timber Tax Management for Family Forest Owners 2009 Edition for Filing 2008 Tax Returns William L. Hoover and Mark Koontz Timber Tax Management for Family Forest Owners is written for woodland owners and tax professionals.  It provides more than a description of how to file after you have a timber sale.  It […]

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