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. April 22, 2014. WEBINAR from noon-1:00pm: Minnesota Forest Health Update: What's In Your Woods and What's Coming 

Description: This two-part presentation features MN DNR forest health specialist Jana Albers and UMN Extension educator Angie Gupta. Albers will begin with an update on what recent aerial surveys and other monitoring tell us about forest health threats in your woods now.  Gupta will then discuss invasive plant and insect pests newly established in Minnesota or on our doorstep and how to report new sightings.  We’ll share links to relevant fact sheets throughout the presentation and collect them all in an email afterwards.  At the end of the hour, you’ll know what to look for in your woods this year and how to respond if you find it.

Speakers: Jana Albers, MN DNR and Angela Gupta, UMN Extension
Sponsors: UMN Extension and Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative

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


RESCHEDULED:  Wed. April 23, 2014. Fire and Wind Disturbance in Forests

UMN Cloquet Forestry Center, MN

Description: The workshop will provide an update on forest disturbance ecology in forests of the Upper Midwest. Topics will include tree mortality after fires and windstorms, effects of single and multiple disturbances on forest succession, disturbance interactions with invasive species, recent changes in occurrence of disturbance, and potential future changes.

Instructor: Lee Frelich, University of Minnesota
Sponsor: Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
SAF CFE: 4.5 Cat 1
Fees: $140 ($75 SFEC members)

Registration available
Agenda (.pdf)



Wed. May 7-Thurs. May 8, 2014. Climate-Informed Forest Management: Forum and Field Day 

May 7 Forum: 1:00-5:00pm at the Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids, MN
May 8 Field Day:  8:00am-4:30pm on the Chippewa National Forest

The purpose of this forum and field day is to share information on how forest managers in Minnesota can incorporate climate change considerations into forest management decisions. The half-day indoor session will provide information on climate change in Minnesota, potential impacts to regional forests, and how forest managers might adapt to future conditions. The full-day field tour will include ongoing and planned projects that illustrate different ways foresters might address changing conditions through forest management decisions.

Tony D’Amato (UMN), Paul Dubuque (MN DNR), Stephen Handler (USFS NIACS), Christel Kern (USFS NRS) , Linda Nagel (UMN), Brian Palik (USFS NRS), Mike Reinikainen (UMN), Margaret Roberts (UMN), Mitch Slater (USFS NRS), Rob Slesak (MFRC), Chris Swanston (USFS NIACS), and Keith Wendt (MN DNR)
Sponsors: Minnesota Forest Resources Council, Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative, UMN Department of Forest Resources, Minnesota DNR, USFS Chippewa National Forest, USFS Superior National Forest, USFS Northern Research Station, USFS Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and USFS State & Private Forestry
SAF CFE: May 7 Forum: 3.0 Cat. 1; May 8 Field Day: 4.0 Cat. 1
Fees: It’s free! 
Registration: Registration is currently full and we are taking names for a waiting list.  Please email Julie Hendrickson at to be added to the waiting list.

Lodging: Overnight accommodations for May 7 are available at the Timberlake Lodge (866-800-2200 or 218-326-2600) and the Super 8 Grand Rapids (218-327-1108) at reduced rates.  To receive the reduced rate, make your reservation by phone prior to April 7 and mention "Climate-Informed Forest Management."

Flyer (.pdf)

Wed. May 28, 2014. WEBINAR from noon-1:00pm: Minnesota Phenology: Monitoring Seasonal Change

Description: There are lots of good reasons to monitor your woods or other nearby nature. Monitoring seasonal changes can be a fun and educational way to keep records of your special places.  If you do it right, your observations can also help scientists investigating the many ecologically significant relationships between climate, phenology, and things like the timing of flowering and the arrival of pollinators, changes in annual cycles like maple sap runs and fruit crop development.  We’ll discuss monitoring and reporting techniques for Minnesota’s seven target species to ensure that your reports are reliable and useful not only for your own records, but also to researchers through the National Phenology Network database.

Speaker: Eli Sagor, UMN Extension
Sponsors: UMN Extension and Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative

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


Tues. June 17, 2014. WEBINAR from 9:00-10:00am: What's New in Green Building Standards?

Description: Green building programs and standards can impact the selection of wood products for residential and non-residential construction.  The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) recently approved LEED V4 and the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) has been adopted in 10 states.  This webinar will address these two leading programs and the details about how they impact the use of wood and selection of building materials.

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

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

Wed. June 25, 2014. The Nuts and Bolts of Carbon Sequestration Projects in Minnesota's Forests

UMN Cloquet Forestry Center, MN

Description: This workshop will explain the "why, how, and when" of developing a carbon project.  It will include a field demonstration of forest measurements for a carbon inventory.  Participants will learn how carbon sequestration value is measured, what costs and commitments are involved, and the potential to integrate a carbon project with existing timber management practices as well as programs like the Sustainable Forestry Incentives Act, FSC, SFI, and ATFS.  They will also learn how to quickly assess a carbon project's feasibility without a significant financial investment.  The audience for this workshop includes foresters, landowners, and other interested stakeholders. 

Kyle Holland (ecoPartners) and Scott Hernandez (Climate Action Reserve)  
Sponsors: Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative, ecoPartners, and Climate Action Reserve
SAF CFE: 6.0 Cat. 1
Fees: $75

Registration available
Agenda (.pdf)


Other Events and Workshops

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

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