2019 Workshops: Forest Health: Practical Management Options

larch beetle and spruce budworm damage

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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.

This workshop is offered by SFEC, the Minnesota Logger Education Program, and the University of Minnesota Extension.

Upcoming in this series:

Dwarf Mistletoe on Black Spruce: Practical Management Options

Dwarf mistletoe has become an increasingly serious threat to the productivity of northern Minnesota’s black spruce resource. While not new, the increasing abundance of dwarf mistletoe has forced land managers to adopt new practices to limit its infestation in new stands after black spruce harvests. This classroom- and field-based workshop will review the ecology of this forest community including dwarf mistletoe, with a focus on practical options to reduce mistletoe damage. (This event open to both SFEC and MLEP members.)

Date: Thursday May 15, 2019
Location: International Falls AmericInn (1500 MN-11, International Falls, MN 56649) and nearby field sites
Cost: $75 SFEC members, $40 students, $140 others, prices increase 10% after 5:00pm on May 8, 2019
CE credits: 
Continuing education credits will be available for this workshop. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Register for the May workshop (as of April 4, 2019 this workshop is full, but you may add yourself to the waitlist)

Spruce Budworm and Wildfire Risk on the North Shore: Practical Management Options 

Spruce budworm has long been an important pest in northern Minnesota forests, primarily impacting our balsam fir resource and also affecting white spruce. Widespread defoliation and mortality of balsam fir and white spruce can create dangerous wildfire risk. While we think of spruce budworm as a cyclical pest, its behavior has changed in recent years, forcing us to rethink how we manage the threat. This classroom- and field-based workshop will provide updated information on what to expect from spruce budworm in the coming years and how to protect north shore forests from adverse impacts. (This event open to both SFEC and MLEP members.)

Date: Tuesday June 11, 2018
Location: North shore, MN area
Cost: $75 SFEC members, $40 students, $140 others, prices increase 10% after 5:00pm on June 4, 2019
CE credits: 
Continuing education credits will be available for this workshop. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Register for the June workshop

All interested learners are welcome. For accommodations related to ability please contact Madison Rodman at mrodman@umn.edu or 218-726-6403.

Contact Us

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

Madison Rodman, SFEC Program Assistant
mrodman@umn.edu | 218-726-6403