2018 Workshops: Forest Health: Practical Approaches
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 .