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

Wed. Dec. 3, 2014 from 3:00-4:30pm: Northern long-eared bats and forest management: Lessons learned since the spotted owl

Attend the presentation in the Cargill Building on the UMN St. Paul Campus.  See the flyer (.pdf) for more information.

Watch the webinar online or at a broadcast site in Duluth, Cloquet, or Grand Rapids.  More information here

The northern long-eared bat has been proposed to be federally listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.  The primary cause of decline is white-nose syndrome, resulting from a fungus which infects the bats and spreads while they hibernate in caves during the winter.  It has proven to be fatal up to 99% of the time with no known remedy.  Compounding the threat is the loss of summer forest habitat from timber harvesting.  The stakes are high.  From Maine to North Carolina in the east, to Oklahoma north through the Dakotas, the proposed listing could restrict timber harvesting and other vital activities during summer months.  Join us at this year's R.A. Skok Policy Analysis Seminar where our distinguished panelists will discuss the science and public policy implications of species recovery.
Speakers: Tony Sullins, US Fish & Wildlife Service; Forrest Boe, MN DNR; Danielle Watson, Society of American Foresters; and Lynn Lewis, US Fish & Wildlife Service 
SAF CFE: 1.5 Cat 1-CF  

Register to watch the webinar at no cost

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.  Both programs are anticipated to announce changes to their standards in 2014 – tune in for the latest updates!

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 Logger Education Program (MLEP):

Erosion Control - Staying Out of Murky Waters - October 2 and December 2, 2014 in Grand Rapids, MN

Description: The workshop will educate participants on the appropriate selection, installation and maintenance of erosion control practices on logging roads, trails and landings. Participants will learn when and where erosion control practices are needed, how to determine the appropriate practice for a specific site situation, and proper installation and maintenance of practices. Participants will also be exposed to new and affordable erosion control techniques and materials not commonly seen within forest management in MN.

For more information, visit MLEP

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