Webinar: SFEC at 20

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. The first offerings of what has become the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative were in 1997, giving us a 20 year history. Supported and advised by our members, SFEC has delivered continuing education programs to build skills, knowledge, relationships, and shared understanding in Minnesota’s diverse community of natural resource professionals. We will briefly review […]

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Webinar: Status of Minnesota’s Forest Health

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, noon – 1:00 p.m. Every year insects and diseases kill large numbers of Minnesota’s trees. Through aerial surveys, ground surveys, and in-depth site investigations, the Minnesota DNR’s forest health team strives to track what insects and diseases are most damaging to our forests, which ones are on the rise, and which ones are on the downswing. This […]

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2017 Forestry Webinar Series

We are pleased to announce our 2017 webinar series. Each session includes a 45-minute presentation and live questions and answers. There are two ways to participate: Watch live on your computer for a small fee or with others at a local broadcast site at no charge. Each webinar will be recorded and posted on the SFEC YouTube Channel.  Recordings are typically available within one week of the live broadcast. […]

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Ecological silviculture in Minnesota black ash stands: August 2013 workshop review

By Eli Sagor, UMN Extension Few issues have dominated forestry in Minnesota more than the future of ash trees threatened by emerald ash borer. With about a billion trees on almost a million acres in Minnesota alone, ash is important culturally, economically, and ecologically here. The EAB threat has led to two very different areas of research and Extension education: […]

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Ecological silviculture in mixed stands: June 2013 workshop review

By Eli Sagor, UMN Extension How do land managers “read the land” well enough to make long term decisions about the future composition and growth of their woods?  One important tool is ecological classification systems. ECS is a framework to identify native plant communities early on, when planning treatments to harvest mature trees and make decisions about what to favor […]

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Climate and Minnesota’s woodlands: Reflections from a February 2012 event

What can foresters and landowners do to maintain the health and productivity of the state’s woodlands during a period of rapid change and uncertain future conditions? In February 2012, the University of Minnesota’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative (SFEC) convened researchers and natural resource professionals to answer this question. This article offers a short summary of the presentations and ideas discussed […]

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