February 21, 2017

About SFEC

climate-informed forest mgmt for webWe offer continuing education opportunities for foresters and natural resource managers in Minnesota and the region. Based in the University of Minnesota’s Cloquet Forestry Center, SFEC is a natural resources educational cooperative whose members not only support our work but identify educational needs and guide program development.

Since 1997, we have developed and delivered continuing education opportunities to forestry and natural resource professionals in a broad range of fields including forest ecology and management, wildlife biology, forest hydrology, botany, best management practices, technology transfer, and human dimensions of natural resource management.

Our largest source of financial support is our members, through annual dues and event registration fees. We also receive important financial support from the University of Minnesota Extension, the UMN College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, and the Cloquet Forestry Center.


Membership is generally at the company, agency, or organization level. We aim to meet the educational needs of our members and take member input seriously. SFEC member organizations and their employees receive the following benefits:

  • Membership pricing on event registration, generally about a 50% discount
  • Input into topics, formats, and other aspects of our annual event planning process
  • Direct input into content through event planning committees, if desired

For more information on SFEC membership, contact Eli Sagor at esagor@umn.edu or (218) 409-6115.

SFEC member organizations through June 2015:

Aitkin County Land Department
Aitkin County SWCD
Beltrami County Natural Resource Management
Camp Ripley Natural Resources
Carlton County Land Department
Carlton County SWCD
Cass County Land Department
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (USFS)
Chippewa National Forest (USFS)
Clearwater County Land Department
Crow Wing County Land Department
Fond Du Lac Reservation
Grand Portage Band of Chippewa Indians
Hubbard County Natural Resource Mgmt
Itasca Community College
Itasca County SWCD
Koochiching County Land & Forestry
Lake County Land Department
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
MN Association of County Land Commissioners
MN DNR – Division of Forestry
MN DNR – Forestry Stewardship Planwriters
MN DNR – Division of Ecological & Water Resources
MN DNR – Section of Wildlife
MN Forest Resources Council
Molpus Timberland LLC
Pine County SWCD
Potlatch Corporation
Red Lake Tribal DNR
Sappi Fine Paper
South St. Louis County SWCD
St. John’s University Arboretum
St. Louis County Land Department
Superior National Forest (USFS)
The Nature Conservancy – MN Chapter
UMN Extension Forestry Program
UMN Dept of Forest Resources
UPM Blandin Paper Company
Wadena County SWCD
White Earth Tribal Forestry
WI DNR- Division of Forestry
Vermilion Community College

Fees and our financial model

While we do receive some financial support from the University of Minnesota, SFEC relies heavily on membership dues and event registration fees to remain financially viable. Rates to attend our programs are set at a level to cover, but not exceed, our annual operating expenses. We take pride in offering excellent quality events that provide value to our members.

Contact us

Drop us a line anytime with questions about upcoming programs, membership, or anything else:
Eli Sagor, SFEC Manager: esagor@umn.edu or 218-409-6115
Julie Hendrickson, SFEC Program Assistant: SFEC@umn.edu or 218-726-6403