MyMinnesotaWoods Newsletter – June 2018

UMN Extension launches Master Woodland Volunteer program

Are you an engaged woodland owner that wants to spread the good message of woodland stewardship? University of Minnesota Extension is pleased to announce its new Master Woodland Volunteer program. Designed for engaged and informed woodland owners, this program includes a commitment to be a steward to your own woods, volunteering to assist others in woodland stewardship, and continuing your education as a woodland owner

Upcoming webinar: Inventorying Minnesota’s urban forests

In 2014 the USDA Forest Service initiated the Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program. Urban FIA is an inventory of trees in urban settings that provides information on the extent, character, and condition of urban trees and forests. With the help of state and local partners, Urban FIA has expanded from two cities in 2014 to 29 cities today. In 2017 Urban FIA came to Minneapolis. This presentation will go over the major features of the urban forest inventory, including information about implementation in Minnesota.

Wild edibles in your woods

There’s more than just mushrooms to collect in your woods. Besides mushrooms, wild edible fruits and nuts are found in Minnesota’s forests and woodlands. Ever wonder if you need a license to gather wild edibles? Read more about mushrooms and other wild edibles in this post by Extension Educator Gary Wyatt.

What kind of soil does your woodland have?

Soils are the foundation of every forest. Understanding the properties of soil is important in woodland management. Knowing the basic features of soil, such as its physical and chemical properties, can provide insights on how productive a woodland can be. A solid understanding of soils can maximize ecological, economic, recreational, and aesthetic values of woodlands. Read this recent post by recent forestry graduate Jaden Hoeft to learn more about soils in your woodland.

Are invasive plants a problem in your woods? Help UMN researchers by completing a survey

Noxious and invasive weeds are increasingly disrupting woodlands and crops across Minnesota. The University of Minnesota is conducting a survey in an effort to better understand some of the concerns, costs, and management efforts associated with several invasive weed species in Minnesota. If you work with or own land in Minnesota, please consider taking a survey to help us learn about weed-related management activities and concerns across the state! Your input is vital and will be used to help construct a statewide tactical invasive plant management plan. If you choose to fill out the survey, please be assured that no information will be recorded or released that can be linked to you.

Fireflies: Nature’s night lights

Over 2,200 species of firefly are scattered across the globe. These beautiful beetles are facing a battle for their lives as their numbers dwindle. Like all native creatures, fireflies play an important role and provide services in our ecosystems. Learn how you can help “keep the lights on” in your woods.

Upcoming events teach landowners all about agroforestry

The Extension Agroforestry team has several upcoming workshops that may be of particular interest to farmers and natural resources professionals. At our silvopasture workshops in Sauk Centre and Spring Grove, participants are invited to learn how to use silvopasture to improve productivity of wooded and marginal pastures as part of your rotational grazing plan. And at our Agroforestry Institute, you can receive a three-day intensive overview of the five main agroforestry practices employed in Minnesota today.

A complete listing of UPCOMING EVENTS can be found on our Events Calendar.

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