Emerald ash borer and your Minnesota woodlands: Management guidelines

Ash management guide for private forest owners  (PDF, 10.5MB plus a single page foldout) is a new resource for family woodland owners in Minnesota who have ash trees on their land. This guide book is a thorough overview of the ash resource in Minnesota including: ash’s history on the landscape; ash tree identification; information on the emerald ash borer (EAB); […]

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Intermediate stand treatments: Logger perspectives (videos)

In recent years, intermediate stand treatments (ISTs) have emerged as one of the most promising strategies to increase the health and productivity of Minnesota’s forests.  ISTs can improve stand growth rates, produce big trees and stand structures typical of old-growth conditions more quickly, reduce forest health threats, and greatly increase economic returns. So what are ISTs?  They include any treatment […]

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Garlic mustard: A Minnesota woodland owner’s story

Garlic mustard is an exotic invasive plant in Minnesota.  Where well established, it can seriously inhibit regeneration and growth of not only understory plants, but also trees.  In this video Delano, Minnesota landowner John Peterson shares his story about working to control garlic mustard in his woodland. Below John’s video, you’ll also find a video and links with more technical […]

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Forests and Minnesota’s Rural Economy: TPT video premieres

Passing along an announcement from our friends at the Blandin Foundation. I hope to see you there! -eli You are cordially invited to attend a premier showing of a Twin Cities Public Television and Blandin Foundation co-production of Forests and Minnesota’s Rural Economy.  As Minnesota’s rural economies struggle during the economic downturn, communities look to maximize their resources. The state’s […]

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Extension’s 2010 woodland webinar series

Beginning in January 2010, the University of Minnesota Extension will offer a series of 5 web-based seminars, or “webinars,” on topics of interest to Minnesota woodland owners.  While they do require access to an internet connection, webinars offer the convenience of learning at your home or office, avoiding the time and expense of traveling to a workshop. All five webinars […]

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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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Thinning Minnesota conifer stands

Thinnings, or intermediate treatments, can improve the health, safety, and productivity of conifer plantations and natural stands.  In our new video, Minnesota DNR forester Art Widerstrom and discusses and how to plan your thinning, where to find help, and how to get it done. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnOZBj6n9l8] Be sure to leave your comments below.  If you like this video, you may also be […]

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The Ulschmid family woods: Thinning red pine

By Philip Potyondy, University of Minnesota Extension I recently visited the Ulschmid family woodland outside of Detroit Lakes, MN.  I brought a little video camera and had a conversation with Tom and Scott Ulschmid and Minnesota DNR forester Kent Wolf.  We talked about thinning red pine and making management desicions in a woodland. This is MyMinnesotaWoods’ first in a series […]

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