Webinar: seasonal timing of fire and its influence on succession

A man with fire equipment sets fire to a forest floor.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from noon to 1:00pm Fires play an outsized role in shaping plant communities, but the effects of fires on plant communities are often highly variable.  This presentation will focus on how the seasonal timing of fire influences fire behavior and in turn how fire effects and phenology interact to influence forest succession and post-fire regeneration.  Results […]

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Webinar: Changes to the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act

Tuesday, January 16 from noon to 1:00pm As a Minnesota woodland owner, you may qualify for an incentive program called the Sustainable Forest Incentives Act (SFIA). The program pays you a set dollar amount per acre annually on eligible lands for practicing good forest stewardship and agreeing not to develop your land for a specified period of time. There were […]

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Webinar: Wood Utilization Options for Urban Trees Infested by Invasive Species

Tuesday, December 19 from noon to 1:00pm As a result of infestation from invasive species,tremendous numbers of infested trees are being killed and removed each year for control and ultimate eradication of the pests. This webinar will provide key information for land management professionals, arborists, utilization specialists, and other natural resource professionals who are at the forefront of dealing with […]

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Webinar: Even the Healthiest Trees Harbor Fungi that will Eventually Kill Them

Tuesday, November 21 from noon to 1:00pm Even the healthiest trees harbor fungi and other microorganisms, including both pathogens (which weaken and kill organisms) and saprotrophs (which consume dead tissues).  In the era of DNA-based assessments, we are now learning that the diversity of these organisms in trees can be staggering. What we do not yet know, however, is how […]

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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: 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: Life Cycle Assessment – An Essential Tool for Determining Environmental Impacts

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Accurate determination of environmental impacts linked to products, and associated raw material procurement and manufacturing processes, requires the use of definitive, scientifically-based tools in accordance with rigorous universal standards. Environmental life cycle assessment, or LCA, has become the tool of choice for determination of impacts. Sometimes referred to as “cradle to grave” analysis, […]

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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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