Online: Assisted Migration in Practice

Assisted Migration

Forestry is a long-term effort. As we plan for the effects of a changing climate, managers are thinking about practical steps they can take now to ensure healthy, productive forests for the long term. This program will consist of three online sessions over a two-week period in October focused on defining, understanding, and implementing assisted migration in the face of a changing climate:

  • Session 1 on October 15, 2020: Different types of assisted migration. How AM is likely to play out in Minnesota, with attention to state-agency policy. A Tribal perspective on assisted migration. 

  • Session 2 on October 22, 2020: Challenges with obtaining planting stock or seed, and how to plan ahead. Species-specific guidance and the new Eastern Seed Zone Forum map. How to prioritize different approaches to climate adaptation.

  • Session 3 on October 29, 2020: How to build an assisted migration plan including discussion of sample plans, specific tactics, and the risks, pitfalls, and potential problems.Specific tactics / small steps you can take. Risks, potential problems, and who’s doing what.

What to expect: These are more like workshops than webinars. Each session will be about half presentation and half active discussion in small and large groups. We'll treat this like a short online course, with optional readings and other resources before each session. Expect active engagement and plan to get out of it as much as you put in!

Date and time: October 15, 22, and 29, 2020 from 8:30 to 10:30am each day
Location: Online using Zoom and Slido for Q&A and discussion
Instructors: Paul Dubuque, MN DNR-Forestry; Katie Frerker, USFS-Superior NF; Brian Palik, USFS Northern Research Station; Carrie Pike, USFS State & Private; Eli Sagor, UMN; Kristina Somes, MN DNR-Forestry; Mark White, TNC; and others.
Cost: $50 SFEC members and students, $100 others. 
Registration: Register now. (This is a new registration system - please let us know if you have problems registering!)

All interested learners are welcome. For accommodations related to ability please contact Kaitlyn Wilson at or 313-478-7112.

Contact Us

Eli Sagor, SFEC Program Manager | 218-409-6115