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
sfec@umn.edu

Calendar of Events & Registration


Tues. April 21, 2015.  WEBINAR from noon-1:00pm: Minnesota's Forest Management Guidelines: revision, implementation, and monitoring


Description: Minnesota is a leader in the development of comprehensive and science-based voluntary forest management guidelines for resource protection. In this webinar, information will be presented related to recent guideline revisions, a new user-friendly field guide, and a modified approach being used to monitor guideline implementation at the watershed scale.

Speaker: Rob Slesak, Minnesota Forest Resources Council
Sponsors: UMN Extension and Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
CE credits:  1.0 Cat 1-CF SAF, 1 ISA
Fees: $20 per webinar or $50 for the entire 2015 series

Register here

Find additional information on the 2015 Forestry Webinar Series here  


Tues. May 5 & Wed. May 6, 2015.  Incorporating Forest Health Attributes in Natural Resource Inventories
 

Description: Forest inventories and sampling strategies have traditionally been designed to assess the growing stock volume of trees and associated forest variables.  Increasingly, managers are interested in designing strategic natural resource inventories that address a variety of forest health issues including monitoring the presence and abundance of invasive species, assessing habitat quality for wildlife, and measurements of tree vigor.  This two-day workshop will discuss (1) strategies for monitoring forest ecosystem health, (2) adapting forest resource inventories to incorporate forest health, and (3) sampling procedures for quantifying forest structure.  A field component will strengthen concepts discussed in classroom and computer lab exercises.

Location: Cloquet Forestry Center
Instructor: Dr. Matthew Russell, UMN Department of Forest Resources
Sponsor: Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
SAF CFE: 11.0 Cat 1-CF
Fees: $150 SFEC members, $250 non-member

Agenda

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Thurs. May 7 & Fri. May 8, 2015.  Applied LiDAR Analysis for Forest Inventory and Assessment
 

Description: This workshop will provide an introduction to techniques used in LiDAR remote sensing for forest inventory and assessment. It is intended for a diverse audience with varying levels of exposure to LiDAR data and analysis. Inventory foresters, especially those with geospatial interests, are particularly encouraged to attend. This is a hands-on, two-day workshop comprised of classroom, computer lab, and field-based exercises. Attendees will learn the underlying principles of LiDAR data collection, including how LiDAR responses vary across different forest structural conditions and species compositions. A significant portion of the course will deal with integrating LiDAR with field inventory data to develop spatial predictions (i.e., maps) of inventory attributes across large spatial extents.

Location: Cloquet Forestry Center
Instructor: Michael Falkowski, University of Minnesota
Sponsor: Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
SAF CFE: 13.0 Cat 1-CF
Fees: $250 for SFEC members, $350 others

Agenda

This workshop is full. To add your name to the waiting list, click here


Tues. May 19, 2015.  WEBINAR from noon-1pm: What you need to know about vector-borne diseases in Minnesota 


Description: Mosquitoes and ticks have always been a part of outdoor life in Minnesota. However, vector-borne disease risks have increased with changes in their distribution and abundance, coupled with changes in the disease organisms they transmit. Minnesota Department of Health staff will summarize current risks and discuss how a changing climate may influence the distribution and incidence of vector-borne diseases.

Speaker: Minnesota Department of Health Staff
Sponsors: UMN Extension and Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
SAF CFE: 1.0 Cat 2
Fees: $20 per webinar or $50 for the entire 2015 series

Register here

Find additional information on the 2015 Forestry Webinar Series here  


June 2015.  Timber sales from a wildlife habitat perspective
 

Description: A well planned timber harvest can improve wildlife habitat. But not all harvests are created equal. With both classroom and field activities, we will review the basic needs of wildlife species, then take a practical look at timber sale design through the eyes of a wildlife manager. Instructors will include both wildlife managers and foresters. The workshop will include a combination of classroom presentations, harvest site visits, small-group exercises, and discussion.  The workshops are offered by SFEC and the Minnesota Logger Education Program and are designed for both natural resource managers and logging contractors.

Locations: three!  Wrenshall, Whitewater State Park, and the North Shore of Lake Superior
Date: Three dates in June 2015

More information and registration will be posted here when available
 


Tues. June 23, 2015.  WEBINAR from noon-1pm: Awareness of genetic principles can enlighten silvicultural practices
 

Description: Silviculturists in the lake states manage for wood production as well as ecosystem services for multiple uses. In this complex environment, genetics is more applicable than ever before, especially as we confront a changing climate. Carrie will discuss how silvicultural treatments impact the genetics of forests, and how knowledge of genetics may validate silvicultural prescriptions.

Speaker:
Carrie Pike, University of Minnesota
Sponsors: UMN Extension and Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
CE credits: 1.0 Cat 1-CF SAF, 1 ISA
Fees: $20 per webinar or $50 for the entire 2015 series

Register here

Find additional information on the 2015 Forestry Webinar Series here  


Tues. July 21, 2015.  WEBINAR from noon-1pm: Forest dead wood and decay: implications for forest and wildlife managers
 

Description: The amount and quality of forest dead wood is important for providing forest structure, sustaining wildlife habitat, and maintaining biodiversity. This webinar will synthesize recent research on dead wood characteristics (e.g., standing dead trees and downed woody debris) and dynamics for this important forest attribute and discuss implications within a management context.

Speaker: Matt Russell, UMN Department of Forest Resources
Sponsors: UMN Extension and Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
CE credits: 1.0 Cat 1-CF SAF, 1 ISA
Fees: $20 per webinar or $50 for the entire 2015 series

Register here

Find additional information on the 2015 Forestry Webinar Series here  


Tues. Aug. 18, 2015.  WEBINAR from noon-1pm: A historic perspective on forest health: What killed trees in the "good old days?"
 

Description: Natural resource managers and landowners have expressed concern about the scale and potential impact of some recent forest insect and disease outbreaks. But how do today's outbreaks compare with the scale and impact of past outbreaks? Dr. Katovich will review what we know from historic records and research to provide some context on today's forest health threats.

Speaker: Steve Katovich, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
Sponsors: UMN Extension and Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
CE credits: 1.0 Cat 1-CF SAF
Fees: $20 per webinar or $50 for the entire 2015 series

Register here

Find additional information on the 2015 Forestry Webinar Series here
 


Tues. Sept. 15, 2015.  WEBINAR from noon-1pm: Hydrology of black ash wetlands: implications for management of the EAB threat
 

Description: Hydrology of black ash wetlands is likely to be modified following EAB infestation, but the magnitude of alteration is not clear as we know relatively little about how these unique ecosystems function. Findings from a large-scale experiment related to water table dynamics following manipulation of black ash stand composition will be presented and implications for preemptive management actions discussed.

Speaker: Rob Slesak, Minnesota Forest Resources Council
Sponsors: UMN Extension and Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
CE credits: 1.0 Cat 1-CF SAF, 1 ISA
Fees: $20 per webinar or $50 for the entire 2015 series

Register here

Find additional information on the 2015 Forestry Webinar Series here  


Tues. Sept. 22 & Wed. Sept. 23, 2015.  DNR Climate Change Adaptation Workshop



Location: Cloquet Forestry Center
Description:
 An active, hands-on training to help MN DNR natural resource managers incorporate climate change considerations into their own real-world projects.  It is a two-day workshop utilizing the Forest Adaptation Resources (www.forestadaptation.org/far) to consider how climate change may affect a real-world forest management project, identify challenges and opportunities for management under a changing climate, and develop actions to reduce risk and increase the ability of forests to cope with change.  This workshop requires participants to bring their own real-world projects.  The audience for this workshop is DNR staff (from any division) who are responsible for managing forest resources.

Instructor: Stephen Handler, NIACS
Sponsors: Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), USFS, and the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
SAF CFE: 9.0 Cat 1-CF

Save-the-date flyer

Register here
 


Tues. Oct. 20, 2015.  WEBINAR from noon-1pm: How can Minnesota's urban forests be more functional?
 

Description: Healthy urban and community forests provide a variety of public and private benefits relating to property values, water quality, recreational value, and quality of life considerations. Diverse, healthy urban forests provide greater ecosystem functionality. This presentation will focus on key practices to improve the functionality and value of urban forests.

Speaker: Gary Johnson, UMN Department of Forest Resources
Sponsors: UMN Extension and Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
CE credits: 1.0 Cat 1-CF SAF, 1 ISA
Fees: $20 per webinar or $50 for the entire 2015 series

Register here

Find additional information on the 2015 Forestry Webinar Series here  


Tues. Nov. 17, 2015.  WEBINAR from noon-1pm: Forest management for moose
 

Description: Moose populations have declined about 50% in recent years, for reasons that have been difficult to pin down. Some land managers have been exploring opportunities to improve habitat conditions. We'll hear from two presenters: Moose ecologist Ron Moen from NRRI and Lake County land commissioner Nate Eide about the status of moose populations and what they have learned about from a recent focus on managing forests to improve moose habitat.

Speakers: Ron Moen, UMD-NRRI and Nate Eide, Lake County 
Sponsors: UMN Extension and Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
SAF CFE: 1.0 Cat 1-CF
Fees: $20 per webinar or $50 for the entire 2015 series

Register here

Find additional information on the 2015 Forestry Webinar Series here  


December 2015.  WEBINAR broadcast of the Richard A. Skok Forest Policy Seminar
 

Date and details TBD
 


Tues. Dec. 15, 2015.  WEBINAR from noon-1pm: Impacts of deer browse on forest regeneration across the northern U.S.
 

Description: Forest managers are greatly concerned about the effects that browsing from white-tailed deer have on forest regeneration processes. Deer can reduce the abundance and composition of trees and herbs through browsing and can alter the habitat availability for a variety of organisms. This webinar will highlight recent research on deer density and its impacts on tree seedling abundance across the northeastern US, with management implications for Lake States forests.

Speaker: Matt Russell, UMN-FR and Chris Woodall, US Forest Service
Sponsors: UMN Extension and Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
SAF CFE: 1.0 Cat 1-CF
Fees: $20 per webinar or $50 for the entire 2015 series

Register here

Find additional information on the 2015 Forestry Webinar Series here  


SFEC programs currently in development...

Soils and forest management
Guideline monitoring metrics: improving implementation
Forest Health: Practical approaches for local threats
Red pine ecology and management

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Other Events and Workshops


2015 Native Plant Community Field Guide Training - various dates

Offered by the Minnesota DNR. CEU/CFE credits are available for all classes. See PDF flyer for more information.

Minnesota Agroforestry Institute - June 24-26, 2015 in Pine River, MN

Participants will learn how to apply agroforestry practices in their educational and technical assistance programs. This event has been rated for CFE by SAF. For registration and other info, download a brochure (PDF) at http://z.umn.edu/agroforestry2015 . Questions? Contact any member of the University of Minnesota's Agroforestry and Bioenergy Team:

Diomy Zamora   zamor015@umn.edu   612-626-9272
Gary Wyatt   wyatt@umn.edu   507-389-6748
Mike Reichenbach   reich027@umn.edu   218-726-6470
Julie Miedtke   miedt001@umn.edu   218-327-7365



 


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