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Climate change and Minnesota's woods


Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Southeastern Minnesota's forested landscapes provide home to wildlife, income for landowners, clean water, and a beautiful scenic backdrop. However, the future health of these forests depends on care and wise management. If you own or spend time in southeastern Minnesota woodlands, you may want to attend one or more woodland management classes scheduled in southeast Minnesota this year.

Climate change is happening. But how will it affect southeast Minnesota woodlands? This presentation will review forces and historical developments that created our current forests, including glacier activity, timber harvesting, development, and more. Learn what changes to expect in the future and how woodland owners can prepare for, and mitigate, any adverse effects. This session includes presentations and active small-group discussion about practical challenges and strategies to maintain healthy, diverse, and productive woodlands.

This class will be facilitated by Angela Gupta, Forestry Educator for the University of Minnesota Extension with materials and presentations from Eli Sagor and Mike Reichenbach, also Extension Forestry Educators.

Climate Change & Minnesota's Woods will be held in the Fillmore County Office Building at 902 Houston Street NW, in Preston, Minnesota on Thursday, February 11, 2010, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. The class is open to the public for a fee of $20; pre-registration is appreciated. This class provides credit for the Woodland Advisor program (WA C1). For directions and to register contact Mary Jane Stearns, mstearns@umn.edu or 507-536-6310. For more information contact Angela Gupta, agupta@umn.edu or 507-280-2869.

This session is one of several classes being offered in southeastern Minnesota this year. These classes are offered as a broad collaborative including the University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota DNR, Zumbro Valley Woodland Council, and the Minnesota Forestry Association with funding from the Forest Stewardship Grant.

Climate Change & Minnesota's Woodlands is sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Forestry Association, and the MN Department of Natural Resources with funding from the Forest Stewardship Grant.

2010 Calendar of Educational Events:

•Kohl Farm Management Webinar, County Office Building, Preston, 11:45 am, Feb 1. Registration through Dan Miller, 507-259-6270 Cell, dan@danbmiller.com

•Farm Transfer Seminar, County Office Building, Preston, 9:00 am, Feb 3 Registration through Dan Miller, 507-259-6270 Cell, dan@danbmiller.com

•Private Pesticide Recertification, County Office Building, Preston, 12:30 pm, Feb. 4

•Kohl Farm Management Webinar, County Office Building, Preston, 11:45 am, Feb 8

•Woodland Advisor-Climate Change & MN Woods, County Office Building, Preston, 6:00 pm, Feb. 11

•Cow/Calf Day, La Quinta Inn, Rochester, 5:30 - 9:30 pm, Feb. 11

•Forage Day, UCR Heinz Center, Rochester, 10:00 am, Feb. 12

•Private Pesticide Recertification, County Office Building, Preston, 6:00 pm, Feb. 16

•Private Pesticide Recertification, Wilson, 12:30 pm, Feb. 17

•Private Pesticide Recertification, Spring Grove, 12:30 pm, Feb. 18

•Private Pesticide Recertification, Wykoff Community Center, 12:30 pm, Feb. 19

•Winning the Game Crop Marketing, County Office Building, Preston, Feb. 24. Registration through Dan Miller, 507-259-6270 Cell, dan@danbmiller.com

•Kohl Farm Management Webinar, County Office Building, Preston, 11:45 am, March 1

•Kohl Farm Management Webinar, County Office Building, Preston, 11:45 am, March 15

•Pasture Walk #1, County Office Building, Preston, 1:00 pm, March 20

•Pasture Walk #2, County Office Building, Preston, 1:00 pm, March 27.

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