Symposium on Lake States Lowland, Wet, and Floodplain Forests

A northern Minnesota ash-dominated wet forest

Wet, lowland, and riparian forests in the Lake States are important ecologically and commercially. But numerous challenges constrain management options, including dealing with serious and imminent forest health threats including ash mortality from the emerald ash borer and tamarack mortality from the eastern larch beetle. In this three-day online symposium, we'll hear from researchers and practitioners as we dig into these issues, the status of the associated natural resources, and what we can do to ensure continued ecological integrity and productivity in these systems. 

What to expect: Day 1, Oct. 26 will focus on lowland conifer systems. Day 2, Oct. 27 will focus on ash-dominated wet forests. Day 3, Oct. 28, will focus on riparian forest systems. The session will include a series of short presentations with ample opportunity for open discussion in small and large groups. This will be as interactive and engaging a program as possible. Recordings of all presentations will be available to registrants. 

(While open to all, this event will satisfy part of the NASP Lake States Regional Module.)

Working agenda

Tuesday, October 26: Lowland conifer systems

9:00am: Welcome and agenda review
9:05-9:35: Introduction to lowland conifer systems (Marcella Windmuller-Campione, UMN-FR)
9:35-9:55: Eastern larch beetle, larch case bearer, and other insects within lowland conifer systems (Brian Aukema, UMN-Entomology)
9:57-10:20: Wildlife species in lowland conifer systems (Alexis Grinde, UMD-NRRI)

10:20am: Break

10:35-10:55: Managing for Lowland Conifer Forests on MN DNR Lands (Emily Peters, MN DNR - EWR)
10:55-11:20: Eastern spruce dwarf mistletoe: pathlology and stand development (Marcella Windmuller-Campione) and forester and logger perspectives (Charlie Blinn, UMN-FR and Stephanie Snyder, USFS-NRS)
11:20-11:50am: Facilitated breakout discussions research and practice
12:00pm: Adjourn

Wednesday, October 27: Ash-dominated wet forest systems

9:00am: Welcome and agenda review
9:05-9:35: Ash communities across the Lake States (Ashlee Lehner, MNDNR-Forestry and Colleen Matula, WI DNR - Silviculture)
9:35-9:45: Current EAB distribution and status (Brian Schwingle, MN DNR - Forestry)
9:45-10:15: Overview of silvicultural tools and strategies.

Wisconsin Silvicultural decision tools: Greg Edge (WI DNR Silviculture)
MN EAB management guidelines: Paul Dubuque (MN DNR - Forestry)
Facilitated discussion focused on replacement species. (We recommend viewing this 2020 talk by Tony D'Amato in advance.)

10:25am: Break

10:45-11:35: Breakout sessions on species replacement, post-EAB management goals, landowner assistance, and related topics.
11:35-12:00pm: Tying it all together: Facilitated discussion
12:00pm: Adjourn

Thursday, October 28: Floodplain forests

9:00am: Welcome and agenda review
9:05-9:35: Basics of floodplain geomorphology and its relationship to distribution and viability of tree species (Molly Van Appeldorn, USGS)
9:35-10:05: Silvics of Upper Midwest floodplain forest species (Andy Meier, US Army Corps)
10:05-10:35: Natural and artificial regeneration considerations (Mary Hammes, Mississippi Park Connection)

10:35-10:50: Break

10:50 - 11:45: Active learning including small group prescription development exercise followed by a panel of today's speakers to respond to prescription ideas and questions.
11:45 - 12:00pm: Floodplain forest management resources and closing discussion.
12:00 noon: Adjourn 


Event details

Dates: October 26-28, 2021
Times: 8:30am to noon, Central time
Location: Online
Cost: $25 for access to all recordings.

Register Here

Registration fees will increase 10% after 5pm on October 22.

All interested learners are welcome. For accommodations related to ability please contact Eli Sagor at or (218) 409-6115.

Contact Us

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