About SFEC

climate-informed forest management

We offer continuing education opportunities for foresters and natural resource managers in Minnesota and the region. Based in the University of Minnesota's Cloquet Forestry Center, SFEC is a natural resources educational cooperative whose members not only support our work but identify educational needs and guide program development.

Since 1997, we have developed and delivered continuing education opportunities to forestry and natural resource professionals in a broad range of fields including forest ecology and management, wildlife biology, forest hydrology, botany, best management practices, technology transfer, and human dimensions of natural resource management.

Our largest source of financial support is our members, through annual dues and event registration fees. We also receive important financial support from the University of Minnesota Extension, the UMN College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, and the Cloquet Forestry Center.


Membership is generally at the company, agency, or organization level. We aim to meet the educational needs of our members and take member input seriously. SFEC member organizations and their employees receive the following benefits:

  • Membership pricing on event registration, generally about a 50% discount
  • Input into topics, formats, and other aspects of our annual event planning process
  • Direct input into content through event planning committees, if desired

For more information on SFEC membership, contact Eli Sagor at esagor@umn.edu or (218) 409-6115.

SFEC member organizations through June 2019:

  • Aitkin County Land Department
  • Aitkin County SWCD
  • Beltrami County Natural Resource Management
  • Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
  • Bureau of Indian Affiars, Midwest Region
  • Camp Ripley Natural Resources
  • Carlton County Land Department
  • Carlton County SWCD
  • Cass County Land Department
  • Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (USFS)
  • Chippewa National Forest (USFS)
  • Clearwater County Land Department
  • Crow Wing County Land Department
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Forest Stewards' Guild
  • Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Hubbard County Natural Resource Management
  • Itasca Community College
  • Itasca County Land Department
  • Koochiching County Land & Forestry
  • Lake County Land Department
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • MN Association of County Land Commissioners
  • MN DNR – Division of Ecological & Water Resources
  • MN DNR – Division of Forestry
  • MN DNR – Forestry Stewardship Plan Writers
  • MN DNR – Section of Wildlife
  • MN Forest Industries
  • MN Forest Resources Council
  • Molpus Timberland LLC
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • Pine County SWCD
  • Potlatch Corporation
  • Red Lake Department of Natural Resources
  • Sappi Fine Paper
  • South St. Louis County SWCD
  • St. John's Abbey Arboretum/ Outdoor University
  • St. Louis County Land Department
  • Superior National Forest (USFS)
  • The Nature Conservancy – MN Chapter
  • UMD Natural Resources Research Institute
  • UMN Extension Forestry Program
  • UMN Department of Forest Resources
  • UPM Blandin Paper Company
  • Wadena County SWCD
  • White Earth Nation Division of Natural Resources
  • WI DNR- Division of Forestry
  • Vermilion Community College

Fees and our financial model

While we do receive some financial support from the University of Minnesota, SFEC relies heavily on membership dues and event registration fees to remain financially viable. Rates to attend our programs are set at a level to cover, but not exceed, our annual operating expenses. We take pride in offering excellent quality events that provide value to our members.

Contact us

Drop us a line anytime with questions about upcoming programs, membership, or anything else:
Eli Sagor, SFEC Manager: esagor@umn.edu or 218-409-6115
Madison Rodman, SFEC Program Assistant: SFEC@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