Learning from the future: The family forest in 2058

Mike Reichenbach, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension John DuPlissis, Forestry Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point The story about “The Family Forest in 2058” was developed by participants of the 2009 Woodland Leadership Institute[1].  The process of developing this story challenged the participants to think about their forest, family forest ownership and their views of forest ownership within the […]

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Northwoods Phenologists conference: Feb. 2010, Wolf Ridge ELC

I just received the following announcement from John Latimer of KAXE and the author of our monthly phenology posts.  This conference looks like an excellent opportunity to visit a world-class environmental learning center, contribute to a growing phenologists’ network, and learn from some of the region’s leading phenologists.  Check it out! -eli NORTHWOODS PHENOLOGISTS CONFERENCE The first annual conference of […]

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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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WI COVERTS project signup deadline: June 15, 2009

Applications Due by June 15th Building on its success, the Wisconsin Coverts Project will be expanding to two workshops in 2009. Both workshops will be held at the beautiful Kemp Natural Resources Station near Woodruff, WI. The first one will be from August 13 – 16 with a second one planned for August 27 – 30. These 3-day sessions have […]

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Carbon trading and forests: Background and overview

Recently you may have heard people talking about “carbon credits,” “carbon trading,” “carbon sequestration,” and possibly even the “Kyoto Protocols.” These phrases and other similar terms have become increasingly part of our language as energy companies, paper mills, factories, and other industrial manufacturers are looking for opportunities to offset their greenhouse gas emissions through a market-based mechanism that would pay […]

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EAB discovered in Wisconsin, a mile from Minnesota

The following information was sent out by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) on April 7, 2009. Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been discovered in Victory, Wisconsin. Victory is approximately 1 mile south of the Minnesota border along the Mississippi River. This discovery was made only last week and confirmation was made on Monday, April 6. The Wisconsin Departments of […]

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Growing Trees from Seed

By Dan A. Meyer, University of Wisconsin Extension and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Growing trees directly from seed can be more rewarding than planting two- or three-year-old seedlings purchased from a nursery– especially if you collect and prepare the seed yourself.  It is, however, more difficult and time consuming to cultivate trees from seed than from seedlings, and […]

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Tomorrow's Wisconsin Woodland Owners

Yesterday, Wisconsin State Forester Paul DeLong announced the results of an important study on the future of Wisconsin’s 16 million acres of woodland.  As noted in DeLong’s letter, 60% of the individuals who own Wisconsin’s forests are 55 years of age or older, and 10% of Wisconsin’s private woodland is expected to change ownership in the next 5 years. The […]

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The four basic needs of Minnesota woodland wildlife

All wildlife have four basic needs: Food, water, cover (shelter), and space. As a woodland owner, planning your woodland stewardship activities with an eye to these general requirements, and to the species you’re most interested in, can make a big difference. Woodland management directly impacts wildlife habitat, and your decisions will have an impact on how much, and what kinds of, wildlife you see on your land.

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