Workshop: Exploring Opportunities in Forest Management to Benefit Wildlife Habitat
This is a major two-day indoor and field event designed to foster information exchange about how current harvesting levels and patterns are affecting wildlife habitat. Presentations will explore the state of Minnesota’s forests from a variety of spatial scales, the quality and nature of habitat for forest-dependent wildlife species, the influence of harvest-related disturbance on habitat, and a process to help prioritize policy, management, and research needs to optimize the habitat outcomes of active forest management.
Approximately one hundred forest and wildlife managers, ecologists, and researchers joined us in Grand Rapids for the two-day workshop. At the end of day one, we identified the highest priority action item in terms of forest management, policy, and research to be: managing for a range of covertypes, patch sizes, and age class distributions across the landscape to meet the needs of a diverse range of wildlife species. Over 51% of participants selected this as the most important action item.
We are busy preparing a full report from this important event. Stay tuned for that report to be announced soon.
Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday October 10 and 11, 2017. Tuesday we will be inside and Wednesday we will be in the field.
Location: Timberlake Lodge and field sites near Grand Rapids, MN