Webinar: Ecological Forestry to Promote Healthy Forests

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Ecological forestry has many definitions but at the simplest it is balancing the need for the extraction of forest products and natural stand and disturbance dynamics. Increasingly foresters and natural resource managers have to balance multiple objectives when developing silvicultural prescriptions. Silvics, the knowledge of individual tree’s life history, growth, and behavior, is […]

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Webinar: EAB and Minnesota’s Ash Resource

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, noon – 1:15 p.m. Emerald ash borer threatens Minnesota’s ash resource. This two-part presentation will include an update on the status of EAB in Minnesota and relevant quarantines from Mark Abrahamson, EAB program lead at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. We’ll then transition to case studies of silvicultural interventions to inform future ash management options. These presentations […]

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May 2016 webinar: EAB and woodland ash

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. With recent discoveries of emerald ash borer in and near Minnesota’s northwoods, foresters are getting more serious about silvicultural options as we face potential widespread ash mortality. Forest health specialist Bob Heyd has seen this loss first hand in Michigan and will share lessons from that experience. We’ll also hear from Andrew […]

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February 2016 webinar: Practical silviculture for non-foresters

  ***CORRECTION*** Please note the date for this webinar was incorrectly listed as January 26 in our monthly newsletter. The correct date is February 16 as noted below. Tuesday, February 16, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Ecologists, wildlife managers, and others are increasingly invited to comment on proposed silvicultural treatments, particularly on public lands. If these situations make you scratch your […]

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June 2015 webinar: Awareness of genetic principles can enlighten silvicultural practices

Tuesday June 23, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. Minnesota’s forests have been shaped by human activities for millennia. In today’s complex management environment, genetics is more applicable than ever before. Dr. Carrie Pike from the University of Minnesota Tree Improvement Cooperative will discuss three things: 1) how genetic diversity, effects of seed transfer, and evolutionary effects can improve predictions of forest […]

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Research Report: Removing harvest residues and compaction impact productivity in aspen forests, but soil texture matters

By: Miranda T. Curzon, Anthony W. D’Amato, Brian J. Palik   Harvest residues as bioenergy feedstocks Increasingly, slash is being viewed as a potential feedstock source for bioenergy production. Slash includes tree tops and limbs which normally would be left on site after a traditional harvest. Aspen-dominated forests are often thought of as being resilient to harvesting and other disturbances, […]

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September 2014 Webinar: Resilience and the Minnesota northwoods

Adaptive silviculture for climate change Tuesday, September 16th from noon-1:00pm Climate change is expected to influence forests by altering disturbance regimes, increasing tree mortality rates during droughts, expanding the range of forest pests and diseases, and changing competitive interactions. The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project is a science-management partnership that is establishing a large experimental trial in a […]

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July webinar: Sedge Identification for ECS Silviculture

Regretfully, we have had to cancel this webinar due to unforeseen scheduling issues with our presenter. We apologize for the change and hope to reschedule. Along with our partners at the Sustainable Forests Education Co-operative, we are pleased to announce the next presentation in our monthly webinar series. Everybody is welcome to attend, particularly those interested in wetlands and ECS guidelines. […]

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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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