Newsletter: MyMinnesotaWoods – Dec. 2020

In this issue: Winter tree and shrub protection, upcoming webinars, assistance programs and more

November always seems to be a time of change. Most of the leaves have fallen and maybe you’re enjoying the woods on a hunt before winter sets in. The weather this fall has been up and down, but we know that snow and colder temperatures are on the way. This month we have a great gift to think about and a timely article on how to prepare your trees for winter. A number of webinars are upcoming and will discuss the health of our forests and how to transition your land

Harvester Handbook makes a great gift!
If you or someone you know likes to gather fruits, nuts and other forest products from Minnesota’s woodlands, the Minnesota Harvester Handbook might be just the thing to give this holiday season. This field guide showcases sustainable harvest and gathering methods for more than twenty familiar (and some unusual!) non-timber forest products. With a wide variety of decorative and edible forest products, including syrup, berries, boughs and mushrooms, there is plenty to keep your favorite forager busy all year!
Webinar on forest health issues in Minnesota’s forests: Each year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forest Health team conducts both aerial assessments and on-the-ground monitoring to assess the health of the state’s forests. Join us for a webinar on November 17 as MN DNR Forest Health Specialists provide an update on the status and trends in forest health from all corners of the state.
St. Croix River Association Webinar: Forests for the Birds: Do you enjoy watching the birds in your yard? Would you like to help increase their population? Private lands play an important role in protecting bird habitat. Register for this free November 18 webinar to learn how you can help create better habitat for woodland birds.
Federal EQIP signup is open: Woodland owners and farmers can apply now through November 20 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural and forest land.
Learn more about transitioning your land on Transitions Thursdays:  The thought of transitioning your land might leave you with more questions. The University of Minnesota Extension is offering an upcoming series of webinars on farm and land business transition and personal estate plans. Learn more and register for this webinar series.