Woods Work: Seedlot Selection Tool

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The first event in our new Woods Work series is a short, hands-on workshop on the Seedlot Selection Tool (SST). The SST is designed to help forest managers choose the right seedlot for a planting site based on climatic information. This session will give you hands-on experience with the SST and a chance to learn from one of its developers what the SST can and cannot be used to achieve. You’ll leave with a stronger understanding of what SST outputs really mean, and how to apply them to your regeneration project. As assisted migration becomes a bigger part of normal forest operations, our ability to match tree species to the climatic conditions of planting sites will be critical. 

What to expect: This event is more of a workshop than a webinar. Be ready to engage in discussion, and to actively participate in using the SST during this event. Bring your current questions, and be ready to ask new ones! See agenda below. 

Date: November 10, 2020 from 10:00-11:30am
Location: Online using Zoom
Instructor: Brad St. Clair, U.S. Forest Service
Cost: $20, or $50 for all three Woods Work Sessions
CEUs: This event has been approved for 1.5 CFE by SAF. 

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      -Purpose of SST
      -Climate is changing...a moving target
-General context of the tool: concepts and assumptions
-Chippewa National Forest example
-Breakout session: Using SST 
-Additional thoughts and limitations:
      -Prioritizing seedlots in a seed inventory using climatuc transfer distance and SST
      -Species choice versus seedlot choice
      -Choice of climate variables and transfer limits
      -Future updates
-Discussion and Q&A
      -Interagency discussion of goals and application of SST
      -Breakout session for discussion

*Brad will be available at the end of the session for additional discussion and Q&A

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