Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative

Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
Cloquet Forestry Center
175 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
tel: 218-726-6403
fax: 218-879-0855

Calendar of Events & Registration

Tues. Jan. 20, 2015.  WEBINAR from noon-1:00pm: Updates on the FSC and SFI forest management certification standards

Please note:  This presentation was rescheduled from December 2014 to incorporate the new SFI standards that will be released mid-January.

Forests throughout Minnesota and around the world have been certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standards.  The latest SFI standards revision process has resulted in important changes, and the FSC's process to develop International Generic Indicators continues to move forward-- we'll talk about the latest information on both of these areas of activity.

Speaker: Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners, Inc.
Sponsors: UMN Extension and Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative

For information on registration, fees, and continuing education credits visit


Tues. February 24, 2015:  Forest and Wildlife Research Review

Description: Save the date!  We are confirming speakers now and will share details shortly.  This will be a day full of short presentations of new research that natural resource managers can use in the woods.

Location: Cloquet Forestry Center
Speakers: Multiple. Check back for details.
Sponsors: Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
Fees: $75 SFEC member, $140 non-member


Spring 2015, Date TBD:  SFEC Hands-on Technology Review

Description: How would you conduct stand assessments and inventories differently with an unmanned aerial vehicle? Can free- or low-cost apps on your phone or tablet improve your mapping, data collection, and GPS capabilities?  Are shapefiles containing harvest data useful to loggers, and how would you produce that?  What button should you push to... ?  This fall, you'll have the chance to see this (and more) hardware and software in action, try it yourself, and ask all the questions you don't want your kids to know you don't know.  This is a hands-on, classroom- and field event.

Location: Cloquet Forestry Center
Speakers: Multiple. Check back for details.
Sponsors: Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
Fees: $75 SFEC member, $140 non-member

This program is still in development.



Other Events and Workshops

Sponsored by the Minnesota LiDAR Research and Education Committee:

MN LiDAR Webinar Series - LiDAR Applications in Forest Inventory and Assessment - Tuesday December 9, 2014 from 3:00-4:00pm

Description: For anyone interested in learning more about Minnesota's LiDAR elevation data, the Minnesota LiDAR Research and Education Committee will be hosting their second webinar in the free MN LiDAR Webinar Series on Tuesday December 9th.  This webinar will be presented by Dr. Michael Falkowski from the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources.  Additional details are available here .

Sponsored by the Minnesota Society of American Foresters:

MN SAF Annual Winter Meeting - January 27 & 28, 2015 in Ely, MN

Description: The 2015 State Society of American Foresters annual meeting will focus on current and emerging technology and research, and how we can effectively apply these to increase our efficiency. This meeting will present methods to integrate emerging technologies in the areas of LiDAR, UAVs and GIS into our workplace and include practical in-the-field examples of how these perform. The meeting will also identify current research topics and discuss what the results mean for the practicing forester. Dates for the meeting are 27 & 28 January and the meeting is located in Ely. The conference will be held at the Grand Ely Lodge Resort & Conference Center (218-365-6565 or and include a break-out field demonstrations in the Ely area. A block of rooms are being held for the event. Call early to reserve your room. For more information about the meeting, contact MNSAF chair-elect Brad Jones at

Online Training for Minnesota Biomass Harvesting Guidelines!

It’s Simple: Simple and self-paced - This training is user-friendly and self-directed. Study as much as you need to know, at the pace you learn!

It’s Fun: Have fun learning with interactive slides and questions.

It’s Official: After answering the quiz questions correctly and completing the training, you will enter your name, address and email. This information will be recorded by the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative (forest resource managers) and the Minnesota Logger Education Program (loggers). You will also receive an email confirming your completion of the training.

This training is free for members of the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative and the Minnesota Logger Education Program. The cost for others wishing to receive credit for this training is $45.

SAF CFE: 1.5 in Category 1-CF.
Click here to go to the online training page: Online Biomass Guideline Training

Participants will:

  1. Learn what is available through LANDFIRE and how to get it
  2. How LANDFIRE products are currently being used in forest, fire and conservation management
  3. Explore ways LANDFIRE products may help managers with forest certification needs
  4. Learn that modeling is not just for runways or MBAs