Minnesota Forest Management and Wildlife Habitat Summit

Forestry and Wildlife

Originally planned as a large symposium modeled after our October 2017 event, this is offered by SFEC in collaboration with the Minnesota Forest Habitat Collaborative. Over three 3-hour sessions in early December, we'll dig into how much forest-dependent wildlife habitat is enough, how that answer varies by species group and habitat type, and how we determine how much is enough at the landscape and site levels. Expect a series of short presentations with active online discussion. 


Tuesday December 8, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00noon Central 

-Welcome and overview: Eli Sagor, UMN-Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
-Integrating forest management and wildlife habitat: Eric Schenck, Minnesota Forest Resources Council
-Introducing a new interactive StoryMap reporting FIA data on forests and wildlife: Scott Hillard, MN DNR, Division of Forestry
-Measuring wildlife populations and their habitats: Lindsey Shartell, MN DNR, Section of Wildlife
-All land is... not the same. Brief overviews of different "flavors" of forest land in Minnesota:

School Trust Lands: Aaron VandeLinde, MN DNR
Wildlife Management Areas: Jamie Gangaware, MN DNR
County Forest Lands: Nate Heibel, Koochiching County Land and Forestry
State Forest Lands: Andrew Arends, MN DNR
National Forest: Todd Tisler, Chippewa National Forest
Tribal Forest Lands: Keith Karnes, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Forestry Department
Family Forest Lands: Dave Roerick, Minnesota Forestry Association
Industry and Corporate Lands: Craig Halla, Molpus Woodlands Group

-Lots of time for active discussion and Q&A.

Wednesday December 9, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00noon Central 

-Wildlife Management Primer – The Wildlife, the Habitats, the People: Jodie Provost, MN DNR - Section of Wildlife
-Reflections on a career researching bears: Do we need population targets?
Dave Garshelis, MN DNR - Section of Wildlife (retired)
-How much is enough?
Mark Nelson, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
-Successful collaborative projects using forest management to advance wildlife conservation:

-Northern Forest Birds Network: Helping Birds in Decline Across a Working Forest Landscape. Katie O’Brien, US Fish & Wildlife Service
-Forestry for the Birds. Amanda Mahaffey, Forest Stewards Guild, Maine

-Lots of time for active discussion and Q&A.

Thursday December 10, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00noon Central 

-How forest (habitat) management decisions are made on the ground: Examples from Minnesota's working forests

-Russ Reisz and Steven Sovinski, MN DNR
-David Ruff, TNC

-Concurrent breakout session 1:

-Connections between commercial forest management and songbird habitat: Alexis Grinde, UMD-Natural Resources Research Institute
-Forest management strategies to promote biological legacies and old-forest habitat across the landscape: Mark Jacobs, Aitkin County Land Dept. (retired)
-Third session details TBD.

-Concurrent breakout session 2:

-Brushland Habitats & Sharp-tailed Grouse – The Science & Art of Getting It Done on the Ground:  Jodie Provost, MN DNR - Section of Wildlife
-Developing methodologies to predict the locations of wood duck breeding habitat components In Minnesota: Jim Berdeen, MN DNR - Section of Wildlife and collaborators
-Third session details TBD.

-Looking to the future: Climate change and other trends. Stephen Handler, USDA-Northern Institute for Applied Climate Science and Jim Manolis, The Nature Conservancy

The day includes time for active discussion of major themes and issues.

What to expect:

Each session will include time for both presentations and active discussion. 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: December 8-10, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon.
PDF iconAgenda (PDF)
Location: Online
Cost: Access complete recordings, posters, and enhanced abstracts for $25 (SFEC and SAF members and students), $50 non-members.

Register Here

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

Contact Us

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