2016 Workshops: Forest Health – Practical management options for local issues


This pair  of workshops will address current forest health threats with a focus on practical, site-level management techniques to address and mitigate them. The workshops are designed for both natural resource managers and logging contractors.

Forest management and timber harvesting activities are increasingly being considered to sustain or increase forest ecosystem health. Managers and loggers understand the forest health threats that may affect the health and productivity of their forests, but practical approaches to manage and harvest timber are plentiful and vary depending on local conditions and trends in forest pests. This workshop will provide

  • an overview of local forest health threats for each location,
  • on-the ground experience from natural resource professionals that have dealt with forest health issues, and
  • practical management approaches to promote healthy forests.

An afternoon field tour will take us to nearby forests to discuss current forest health issues and management strategies.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided with registration.

The lead instructor is Dr. Matthew Russell of the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources, but several others presented at each workshop. This workshop is offered by SFEC, the Minnesota Logger Education Program, and the University of Minnesota Extension .

Date:  Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 8am-4pm
Location: Sanford Center, Bemidji, MN
Focus:  Diplodia and other diseases of red pine
Cost: $75 SFEC members, $40 students, $140 others
CE credits: TBD
Agenda (PDF)

Date:  Wednesday, September 21 , 2016 from 8am-4pm
Location: Brainerd, MN
Focus:  Blowdown and invasive plants
Cost: $75 SFEC members, $40 students, $140 others
CE credits: TBD
Agenda (PDF)

The following organizations are helping to organize and deliver these workshops:  SFEC, MLEP, UMN Department of Forest Resources, Minnesota DNR-Division of Forestry, and others.

Note: this workshop was also offered in three locations in 2015.

Cover images (click for originals and credits): Eastern larch beetle spruce budworm spruce budwormeastern dwarf mistletoe, and aspen decline. All used with permission.

Contact Us

Eli Sagor, SFEC Program Manager
esagor@umn.edu | 218-409-6115