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Options for managing your woodland

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

A series of Woodland Field Days have been scheduled around Minnesota. On Saturday, September 10, a Southeast Woodland Tour will be held at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.

These field days are for family forest owners. The field day would be a perfect opportunity to explore options for your land and learn how a forest stewardship plan may help qualify your woodland for reduced property taxes or financial aid for woodland improvements.

You will learn how to improve wildlife habitat, design recreational trails, produce useful products for the family, generate income, recognize serious pest problems, and protect soil and water resources.

Woodland tours are offered at 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-4:00pm. You will need to choose one time period. Be prepared to walk 1 ½ - 2 miles on forest trails. Dress for an outdoor experience.

This forest is dominated by oaks, but includes a wide range of species: sugar maple, basswood, green ash, black walnut, boxelder, aspen, and others. There are Norway (red) and white pine plantations of different stand ages. Participants will learn how to improve the quality of timber through pruning and selective thinning as well as how to harvest and regenerate hardwoods and conifers. This woodland occurs along the Root River where riparian buffer considerations are necessary when harvesting. Steep hills are also a consideration for soil and water protection. Deer, turkeys, gray squirrels, furbearers, and various nongame species are the primary wildlife. You can learn about producing shiitake mushrooms, maple syrup, and other products. Emerald ash borer has been found in southeast Minnesota along with several other destructive plants, insects, and diseases. Here is your chance to learn about management options in the face of these problems.

Instructors will include Mel Baughman, UMN Extension; Angela Gupta, UMN Extension; Gary Wyatt, UMN Extension; Dean Current, UMN Department of Forest Resources and CINRAM; Valiree Green or Jim Edgar, MN DNR; Emily Hutchins, MN DNR; Mitch Gilbert, Forestry Consultant; Johnny Micheel, Forestry Consultant; and woodland owners.

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center is located at 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (Meet in Discovery Center Auditorium). The field day is free but advance registration is required at least five days ahead. Register at: or call Kathy at 507-389-6972. For more information about other Field Days and Webinars:

The Field Day is sponsord by the University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Department of Natural resources.

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