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. February 24, 2015 from 8:15am - 4:30pm:  2015 Forestry & Wildlife Research Review


Description: One of our most popular events of the year, the annual Forestry and Wildlife Research Review packs a full day of new and emerging research that natural resource managers can apply on the ground. This year’s review includes new research on Minnesota’s moose population, red pine ecology and management, black ash management, woody biomass harvesting, a statewide disturbance history assessment, LiDAR for fisher and martin habitat assessment and timber harvest site analysis, forest dead wood analysis and more. The day will include oral and poster presentations as well as ample time to discuss research applications with colleagues and presenters.

Location: Cloquet Forestry Center
Sponsors: Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
SAF CFE: 4.5 Cat 1-CF, 0.5 Cat 2
Fees: $75 SFEC member, $140 non-member

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Tues. March 17, 2015.  WEBINAR from noon-1:00pm: Oak wilt versus bur oak blight
 

Description: Oak wilt is old news but still newsworthy. This destructive invasive’s range does not yet extend over half of Minnesota’s land with highly susceptible species. Bur oak blight is relatively new news. Its extent nearly covers Minnesota. Learn all about these diseases, including how to differentiate the two.

Speaker: Brian Schwingle, MN DNR-Forestry
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 


Thurs. April 9, 2015 from 9:00am - 3:30pm:  Teaching Forestry to Kids
 

Location: Northland Arboretum in Brainerd, MN
Description: This workshop is designed to give natural resource managers and naturalists tools and activities to use with K-12 students or youth groups. Consider this a crash course in pedagogy along with detailed activity plans that you can use in your next forestry field day, classroom visit, or youth group. All participants will get a copy of the Project Learning Tree K-8 activity guide, which contains 96 activities related to forests and the natural world, and many more DNR forestry education materials.

Instructor: MN DNR Outreach and Education staff
SAF CFE: TBD
Fees: $75 for SFEC Members and Master Naturalists, $140 others

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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: TBD
Fees: $150 SFEC members, $250 non-member

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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: TBD
Fees: $250 for SFEC members, $350 others

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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

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Find additional information on the 2015 Forestry Webinar Series here  


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

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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. 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. 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


Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course: March 17-18, 2015 in Arden Hills, MN

Click here for more information.



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