Online: Assisted Migration in Practice

Assisted Migration

Forest management 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 from 8:30-10:30am Central: 

-Brian Palik, USDA NRS: What is assisted migration?
-Paul Dubuque, MN DNR-Forestry: How might different types of assisted migration play out in Minnesota?
-Tim Miller, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa: Tribal perspective on assisted migration.
-Lots of time for active discussion and Q&A.

Session 2 on October 22, 2020 from 8:30-10:30am Central: 

-Katie Frerker, Superior National Forest: Planning for assisted migration: Lessons from the Superior National Forest process.
-Carrie Pike, USDA Forest Service, State & Private Forestry: Employing new seed zones to guide species-specific transfer for jack pine and white spruce. 
-Brian Palik, USDA NRS: How to consider and incorporate assisted migration into a climate adaptation strategy?
-Lots of time for active discussion and Q&A.

Session 3 on October 29, 2020 from 8:30-10:30am Central: 

-Kristina Somes, MN DNR State Forest Nursery Program: Considerations for obtaining seed and seedling stock
-Mark White, The Nature Conservancy, Duluth: Implementing Assisted Migration in northeastern Minnesota: Early research results and lessons learned.
-Active discussion of major themes and issues: Exchanging ideas.

What to expect:

These are #notwebinars. 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!

Session details and registration:

Date and time: October 15, 22, and 29, 2020 from 8:30 to 10:30am Central 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!)
CEUs: Approved by SAF for 6 Category 1 CFE credits.

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

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