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

Case Studies in Ecological Silviculture

September 6. Case Studies in Ecological Silviculture: Paper birch management success & economic risks.

Superior Shores Resort, Two Harbors, MN.

This meeting presents approaches that use ecological insights to improve silviculture prescriptions and to advise forest management decision-making. The morning indoor session cover topics such as insect and disease agents, timber utilization and marketing, Anishinabe uses of birch, habitat requirements and life history (silvics), and historical distribution and abundance. Afternoon field discussions highlight case studies to address using ecological insights to understand and improve regeneration success.

**Please bring your own copy of the field guide: “Native Plant Communities of Minnesota: The Laurentian Mixed Forest.”

Other resources:

Registration limit: 60.
Instructors: John Kotar, Terra Silva; Jana and Mike Albers, MN DNR; Keith Jacobson, MN DNR; others.
Sponsors: MN Society of American Foresters, The Wildlife Society Minnesota Chapter, MN DNR Section of Wildlife and Division of Forestry, St Louis County Land Department, Lake County Land Department, UMN Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative, others.

Cost: $135 ($65 SFEC, $50 MN TWS, $50 MN SAF)
Directions: view directions
Registration: Workshop is full.


7:30 am Registration
8:15 Introduction – Beth Jacqmain, Aitkin County Land Department
8:20 Insect and disease agents affecting paper birch
Mike Albers, MN DNR
9:10 Utilization and marketing of paper birch wood
Keith Jacobson, MN DNR
9:40 BREAK
10:00 The Anishinabe perspective: Beyond extinction of birch bark
Marvin Defoe, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
11:00 Silvics & regional history of paper birch
John Kotar, UW Madison (retired)
12:00 PM BREAK – Get sack lunches, Board Busses
12:15 Leave for field sites – LUNCH on bus
1:00 to 4:30 FIELD VISITS
Stop 1, FDn43: Randy Roff - St Louis County Land Department
Stop 2 FDn43: Paul Dubuque – MN DNR Forestry
Stop 3, MHn45: Bill Nixon and Nate Eide – Lake County Forestry
(Approximately 45 minutes total drive time between Stops 1 and 2, and 2 and 3)
5:00 RETURN to Superior Shores, turn in workshop evaluation form