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Upcopming 13 Moons Programs

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Boozhoo, The 13 Moons Ashiniswi Giizisoog program has several workshops and events coming up this fall and winter! Please go to www.fdlrez.com under News and Events for more information.

October 20th-24th-- Don't Miss Sustainability Week at Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College. On Monday, Karen Diver will be sharing her work on the Climate Change Preparedness Committee with the Sustainability feast of local fresh foods to follow. Other activities will include a scavenger hunt, workshops on Native pollinators, Air Quality, and Herbal medicines. Please go to www.fdl.rez.com to see the schedule under News and Events. There is no need to sign up for this event, just show up with a willingness to learn.

October 28th--The Herbal Tinctures workshop will be held at the Cloquet Forest Center, 175 University Road, Cloquet, MN--6pm-8pm.
There is no need to sign up for this workshop, just show up with a willingness to learn.

November 15th--The Herbal Salve, Lotion, and Soap making workshop will be held at the Cloquet Community Center, 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN--10am-3pm.
There is no need to sign up for this workshop, just show up with a willingness to learn. POTLUCK, Bring a dish to pass!

December 6th--The Balsam Bough Wreath making workshop will be held at the Cloquet Community Center, 1720 Big Lake Rd. Cloquet, MN--10am-3pm.
Participants will learn about sustainably harvesting balsam boughs and learn the art of making a wreath for seasonal decorations! POTLUCK, Bring a dish to pass!

Oct. 21 Wild Edible Plants

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Program date October 22 : 9:30 am
Location: St. Mary's Church Fosston
Free/ Open to the public/ all ages

NELL presents: Lisa Westberg Peters Author of Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil.

What does an environmentalist do when she realizes she will inherit mineral rights and royalties on fracked oil wells in North Dakota? How does she decide between financial security and living as a committed conservationist who wants to leave her grandchildren a healthy world?

After her father's death, Lisa Westberg Peters investigates the stories behind the leases her mother now holds. She learns how her grandfather's land purchases near Williston in the 1940s reflect four generations of creative risk-taking in her father's Swedish immigrant family. She explores the ties between frac sand mining on the St. Croix River and the halting, difficult development of North Dakota's oil, locked in shale two miles down and pursued since the 1920s. And then there are the surprising and immediate connections between the development of North Dakota oil and Peters's own life in Minneapolis.

Catapulted into a world of complicated legal jargon, spectacular feats of engineering, and rich history, Peters travels to the oil patch and sees both the wealth and the challenges brought by the boom. She interviews workers and farmers, geologists and lawyers, those who welcome and those who reject the development, and she finds herself able to see shades of gray in what had previously seemed black and white.

Lisa Westberg Peters is the author of many children's books, including several geology-related titles. Trained as a journalist, she now works as an academic writing tutor at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. Fractured Land The Price of Inheriting Oil was published in October 2014 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Ms. Westberg Peters will be at St. Mary's Church, 725 6th, Fosston at 9:30 am

For more information contact NELL coordinator Tamara Edevold at 218-694-2856

Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning (NELL) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, created to enrich the quality of life in our local communities through lifelong learning and the arts. Our goal is to inspire people to learn, to grow, and to give to their communities.

Travel & Conservation in Panama: Informational Meeting
Sunday, October 26th, 7-8 pm (meet at MN Zoo's main entrance)
Are you thinking about registering for our adult trip to Panama in July 2015? Registered already? Or just curious to learn more about travel and conservation issues in Panama? Join us for a meeting with Bruce Calhoun, who's been leading educational trips in the rainforest for years.
Free and open to the public, no pre-registration necessary.

MN Zoological Gardens Horticultural Tours

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MN Zoological Gardens Horticultural Tours
Thursday, October 23rd, 5-6 pm
Thursday, December 4th, 5-6 pm

These tours are a chance to walk the Tropics Trail after hours with one of our Zoo horticulturalists. You'll get an insider's view of the trail without the public around, as you learn all about how we get tropical plants to thrive in a Minnesota winter, where our plants come from and how they're selected, and how they interact with their environment. This will be a high-level look at tropical ecosystems and their coolest plants, and incredibly relevant for anyone interested in studying horticulture or botany at any level.

Tickets: $20/person
Learn more and register online: http://mnzoo.org/blog/programs/horticulture-tours-new-view-tropics-trail-dates/

Feb 27-28 Schoolyard Garden Conference

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Save the Date!
Schoolyard Gardens Conference
February 27-28, 2015
Stay Tuned...Registration available November 2014

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Pollinators (New Three-Part Series)

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Pollinators3 (NEW Three-Part Series)
What You Need to Know and How to Make a Difference

The news media is crammed with reports on declining pollinator populations. But what are the facts, and more importantly, how can you be part of the conversation? University of Minnesota researchers and industry professionals will reveal the truth behind the headlines. Come and explore the complex relationship between pollinators and plants that ultimately affects people. Investigate the hot-topics around pesticides and pollinators, and the impact of legislation and policies to effect change. Learn ways to support pollinators - from home landscapes to national forums. Discover what difference you can make.

Attend an individual session, or bundle them all!
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, MacMillan Auditorium
Part 1: Plants & People - Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Part 2: Pesticides & Other Problems - Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Part 3: Policies & Politics - Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learn more and register
Each Individual Session: $20 member/$25 Master Gardener & Master Naturalists/$32 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
3-Session Bundle Bundle and Save!: $48 member/$60 Master Gardener & Master Naturalists/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Certificate(s) of Attendance will be available for Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, or others who wish to verify their participation.

Oct. 28 Metro Area Minnesota Women's Woodland Network

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Happy Autumn everyone! I hope you're enjoying the beautiful fall colors! Our next quarterly gathering of the Metro Area Minnesota Women's Woodland Network is scheduled for Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Pizza Luce's in Richfield. Their address is 800 W. 66th Street, Richfield, MN, 55423; phone no. 612-767-8603. Great food so plan on dinner or a treat!

This is going to be a great, informative gathering so please join us! Ginger Kopp, Forester/Agroforester with the USDA NRCS, will be sharing information on the hot topic of using goats in invasive species control in woodlands. There are several examples in MN of woodland owners using these general grazers rather than chemicals to help control buckthorn. With proper grazing practices they will munch buckthorn down to the roots and up to the tops; even bending over the thin saplings to get to the leaves and stripping the bark along the way. After the buckthorn is controlled, it is important to plant something to recover the forest. She will then talk about how the MNDNR has developed a couple of methods to establish or regenerate oaks.

Also a few of us are attending the Upper Midwest Conference Invasive Species Conference in Duluth. We'll come ready to share what we've learned!

Finally, Ginger is reading a book by local author Helen Hoover. She and her husband bought land in the BWCAW and writes about what is taking place on her land in the 1940-1960s era. If there is time, we thought we'd explore the topic of books by women nature writers and see what interest there is to select a book for future discussion at our gatherings. Bring your books or favorite authors!

If you can join us, please RSVP to me so that I can alert Pizza Luce to how many to expect. Looking forward to see you! Barb (barb@twfllc.com)
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Minnesota Women's Woodland Network (MNWWN):

Purpose: The Minnesota Women's Woodland Network (MNWWN) provides the opportunity to recognize and enhance the role of women in woodland management, whether they own land themselves, may inherit or purchase land in the future, or who man simply be interested in supporting this effort.

Mission: The Minnesota Women's Woodland Network is dedicated to building a community of women woodland owners, their families and land managers to nurture a land ethic. The MN Women's Woodland Network creates supportive, informal, small group learning opportunities on topics that include trees, nature and caring for the land.

Goals: Provide networking opportunities for women woodland owners to learn from and support each other · Foster a learning environment that encourages women to participate in woodland management education · Connect women with resources and professionals · Develop recognition of the important role of women as woodland owners in Minnesota.

Nov. 8 Zoo Career Day

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Are you interested in having an exciting career working with animals? Join Minnesota Zoo professionals in these informational seminars to learn about science careers and receive practical advice on how to prepare for the future.

Zoo staff from different areas of the Zoo will recommend college programs, discuss how volunteering, interning and related-work experience can give them an edge over others and explain what they do in their day-to-day activities.

Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

*Fees: $35 per participant for members $37 per participant for non-members

Ages: 12 - Adult Minimum 12 years old, participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult participant

*Group Registration Discount: If you have 15 or more people in your group that would like to attend Career Day, you will receive the member rate for your group. To check on availability and to register your group, please call the Education Scheduler at 952-431-9320. Full payment for the group will be collected at the time of registration.

Register here.

Nov 5 Connecting Diverse Communities to the Outdoors

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Connecting Diverse Communities to the Outdoors:
Addressing Culture, Equity and Access

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 • Keller Golf Course
2166 Maplewood Drive (Entrance off County Rd. B) • Maplewood, Minnesota

Disparities in access to and use of outdoor recreation spaces matter. Research indicates that time spent in nature provides a host of physical health, mental health, educational and developmental benefits, especially for children and youth. Providing access, support and educational opportunities to outdoor learning environments for children and families of color is increasingly important as Minnesota's demographics continue to diversify.

Day's Agenda
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. -- Check-In and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. -- Welcoming Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. -- Keynote Speaker "The Why"
Ryan O'Connor, Policy and Planning Director for Ramsey County
We live in a state that demographically looks much different than it did 25 years ago. Will our parks and outdoor spaces remain a cultural and environmental asset for all races, cultures and ages in the midst of this changing environment? Ryan will explore this topic by looking at Minnesota today and into the future, focusing on program design, access and community involvement challenges and opportunities that we must collectively address. He will share principles and strategies that we can apply to our work to ensure that Minnesota's parks and outdoor spaces are as vital to our communities tomorrow as they were yesterday.
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. -- Research "The What"
Researchers Yingling Fan of the University of MN Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Raintry Salk of the Metropolitan Council will offer an evidence-based picture of who is, and who is not, using parks and outdoor recreation environments. We will consider how underserved audiences use parks and outdoor recreation resources and the various barriers they perceive.
11 - 11:15 a.m. -- Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. -- Panel Discussion "The How"
Panelists from nonprofits, government agencies and grassroots groups will share their efforts, challenges and successes to increase the diversity of populations who access and use natural spaces. The panel will include a facilitated discussion and Q & A session.
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. -- Lunch -- Buffet Style Seasonal Fare (Vegetarian Options Included)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. -- Interactive Session "The What Next"
Applied visioning and problem-solving activities will help us process ideas and come away with next steps for success.
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. -- Lightning Talks "The Inspiration"
Rapid fire presentations that will generate awareness, thought and action related to diversity in the outdoors.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. -- Networking & Appetizers with Cash Bar
Finish the day networking with attendees and continuing conversations with workshop presenters and panelists.

Register online here<http://www.mnrpa.org/event/connecting-diverse-communities-to-the-outdoors-addressing-culture-equity-and-access/>

Registration deadline is October 24.

Forest Pest First Detector & Ash Management Guide Workshops

Rochester will host two upcoming workshops in response to recent emerald ash borer (EAB) in Olmsted County. The first will be Forest Pest First Detector on Wednesday, November 5th from 9 AM - 3:30 PM, $40; followed by Ash Management for Woodland Owners on Wednesday, November 12 from 9 AM - noon, $20. Pre-registration is required for both workshops. Money will be collected at the door. Checks and credit cards are acceptable. These workshops will begin and end in HA 102, Heintz Center, 1926 Collegeview Rd E, Rochester, MN. To register visit for one or both classes at http://z.umn.edu/fpfdashmanrochester

Forest Pest First Detectors

Forest Pest First Detector will be from 9 AM - 3:30 PM on Wed, Nov. 5, 2014, $40 lunch included.

First Detectors are a part of the Federal "National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) First Detector program (that) promotes the early detection of invasive, exotic plant pathogens, arthropods, nematodes and weeds."

The Minnesota Forest Pest First Detectors training program is designed to help identify the occurrence of Emerald Ash Borer and other forest pests in Minnesota. First Detectors are the front line of defense against likely infestations. Meeting, working with and educating the public about exotic forest pests are key activities of Forest Pest First Detectors.

Other pests to be discussed include gypsy moth, Asian longhorned beetle, thousand canker disease, and Oriental bittersweet.

Everyone is welcome to attend - even if you do not wish to become a Forest Pest First Detector! Anyone with a background in tree or forest health should consider becoming a Forest Pest First Detector.

Before coming to class participants are:
· Able to identify common tree species
· Willing to be contacted by and work with the public
· Prepared and able to visit sites if necessary
· Frequent users of the internet and e-mail
· Ready to document EAB-related activities
· Able to guard confidential information
· Able to complete on-line training modules

Examples of potential First Detectors include Master Volunteers (Master Naturalist, Master Gardeners, Tree Care Advisors, etc.), tree care professionals, forestry professionals, natural resource professions who work with trees, environmental educators, MN Conservation Corps participants, and others.

Forest Pest First Detectors must complete online training modules before attending the one-day Forest Pest First Detector training and commit to being available and involved with the program after completing the training. Involvement includes being accessible to the public, willing to conduct site visits if necessary, report forest pest-related activities, protect confidential information, and notifying organizers of current contact information.
For more information visit: www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/forest-pest-first-detector/

To register visit http://z.umn.edu/fpfdashmanrochester

Ash Management for Woodland Owners

Ash Management for Woodland Owners is from 9 AM - noon on Wed, Nov. 12, 2014. There will be a field tour; dress for the weather.

Ash Management for Woodland Owners will include information about emerald ash borer and managing your woodland in the era of EAB. An outdoor field tour will follow an indoor presentation.

This workshop is intended for woodland owners.
To register visit http://z.umn.edu/fpfdashmanrochester

Presentation on Terrestrial Invasive Species Monitoring
October 21st, 7 pm-9 pm
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park

Learn about the new mapping, assessment, and management protocols for land-based invasive species in Three Rivers Parks. Volunteer surveyor opportunities are explained, including the Adopt-a-Woodlot program. Cost is $5. Free for Three Rivers volunteers. To make a reservation or learn more, visit www.threeriversparks.org or call 763-559-6700.

Dec. 7 Winter Sneak Peek Field Trip Sax Zim Bog

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Winter Sneak Peek Field Trip
Sunday, December 7th, (Time to be Announced)

Meet at the Welcome Center (Directions at the bottom of this e-Newsletter). We'll depart in a car caravan (Please plan for passengers or to ride with someone else). Two-way radios will keep all cars in touch. No major hiking as all birding will be from the car or stops along the road. Dress warm!
Cost: Free to members (those who've donated more than $20 during the last 12-months). $20 to non-members who have not donated $20 during the last 12 months.

Please RSVP to sparky@saxzim.org...just so I have your email address in case we have a weather delay/cancellation.

Oct. 25 Field Trip Sax Zim Bog

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Field Trip--Golden Tamaracks & Arriving Rough-legs
Saturday, October 25th, 7:30-Noon
We are timing this field trip for the peak of the "Tamarack show." They should have glowing gold needles at this time. Of course our main goal will be finding some cool birds, especially migrating sparrows, hawks (including Rough-legs), eagles, cranes. We'll also cruise Admiral and McDavitt for any early hunting owls or foraging Black-backed Woodpeckers.
Cost: Free to members (those who've donated more than $20 during the last 12-months). $20 to non-members who have not donated $20 during the last 12 months.

Meet at the Welcome Center at 7:30 am (Directions at the bottom of this e-Newsletter). We'll depart by 7:45am in a car caravan (Please plan for passengers or to ride with someone else). Two-way radios will keep all cars in touch. No major hiking as all birding will be from the car or stops along the road. Trip will go until noon or so.

Please RSVP to sparky@saxzim.org...just so I have your email address in case we have a weather delay/cancellation.

Oct 24-26 Fall 'Phenology with Larry Weber' Weekend

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October 24 @ 5:00 pm - October 26 @ 1:00 pm
$155-235
Audubon Center of the North Woods

Explore our woods, prairies, ponds, lake and wetlands with renowned phenologist Larry Weber and learn about the wonderous changes the season brings to our natural world

The crisp air, glorious fall colors and smell of crunchy freshly fallen leaves are the classic signs of autumn that are familiar to us all. This weekend, phenologist Larry Weber shares his vast knowledge of the natural world to give you a more in-depth, up-close look at nature's preparations for winter during this season of transition.

Enjoy walking the trails and exploring the different habitats and ecosystems here at the Center during this special all-inclusive weekend.

More info to come - stay tuned

Comfortable lodging and all meals are included in the weekend's fee.

Pricing (includes 2 nights lodging, all meals and instruction):

Two people to a room: $235 person

Four people per room: $155 per person

To register, call us at 888-404-7743

About Larry Weber

Phenologist Larry Weber shares his knowledge of the natural worldNow retired, Larry Weber taught science for 40 years. In 1993, he was named Minnesota Secondary Science Teacher of the Year and 1998, he received the National Biology Teacher Association's Middle School Life Science Teacher of the Year award. Larry is the author of several books including Backyard Almanac, Minnesota Phenology, Fascinating Fungi of the North Woods, and a series of Northwoods Naturalist Guides. He also writes a weekly phenology column for newspapers, and is a regular contributor to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer and Natural Superior.

Larry lives with his wife, Fran, on a farm in northeastern Minnesota, where he observes and pursues critters with a camera and continues to enjoy sharing his vast knowledge of the natural world with other.

Jan 30-Feb 1 Winter "Phenology with Larry Weber" Weekend

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January 30, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - February 1, 2015 @ 1:00 pm |
$155-235
Audubon Center of the North Woods

Explore our woods, prairies, ponds, lake and wetlands with renowned phenologist Larry Weber and learn about the wonderous changes the season brings to our natural world

The crunch of snow under foot, the nostril-stinging cold temperatures and the utter silence of the snow-blanketed forest are familiar to Minnesotans during the winter season. This weekend, phenologist Larry Weber shares his vast knowledge of the natural world to give you a more in-depth, up-close look at nature as you've never seen it during this season of frigid temps and stark landscapes.

Enjoy skiiing or snowshoeing the trails and exploring the different habitats and ecosystems here at the Center during this special all-inclusive weekend.

More info to come - stay tuned

Comfortable lodging and all meals are included in the weekend's fee.

Pricing (includes 2 nights lodging, all meals and instruction):

Two people to a room: $235 person

Four people per room: $155 per person

To register, call us at 888-404-7743

About Larry Weber

Phenologist Larry Weber shares his knowledge of the natural worldNow retired, Larry Weber taught science for 40 years. In 1993, he was named Minnesota Secondary Science Teacher of the Year and 1998, he received the National Biology Teacher Association's Middle School Life Science Teacher of the Year award. Larry is the author of several books including Backyard Almanac, Minnesota Phenology, Fascinating Fungi of the North Woods, and a series of Northwoods Naturalist Guides. He also writes a weekly phenology column for newspapers, and is a regular contributor to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer and Natural Superior.

Larry lives with his wife, Fran, on a farm in northeastern Minnesota, where he observes and pursues critters with a camera and continues to enjoy sharing his vast knowledge of the natural world with other.

Oct-Nov Maplewood Nature Center Programs

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About Maplewood Nature Center
Maplewood Nature Center is a 40-acre preserve operated by the City of Maplewood. The Visitor Center is located at 2659 East Seventh Street in Maplewood and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Nature Play Yard adjoins the Visitor Center. Trails wind through oak woods and marsh and are open every day from dawn to dusk. Trails are available to explore every day from dawn to dusk. Use of facilities is free of charge. For more information about Maplewood Nature Center and its programs visit www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com or call 651-249-2170.

To Register for a Nature Center Program:
Register by credit card in person, by phone or online by clicking the registration Quick Link at www.maplewood naturecenter.com. You may also send or drop off a check or cash to Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood, MN 55119, by the date indicated. Program sizes are limited, register early. For more information please call 651-249-2170 or e-mail info@maplewoodnaturecenter.com.

OCTOBER:

FALL BIRD BANDING DAY
Saturday, October 4
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119
9:30AM - Noon
For all ages, youth groups welcome.
Free. Drop in.
Confusing Fall Warblers; Oh My! Watch licensed biologists capture, band and release wild birds to learn about age, migration, and populations. Bring a camera. If conditions allow, take a short hike to observe birds with binoculars from the floating boardwalk.

NOVEMBER
:

SUPERIOR AGATES AND MN GEOLOGY
Saturday, Nov 8th
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Ages- best for 3rd - 5th grade and parents
$5/child, register online by Nov 6th.
Learn about rocks and minerals and Minnesota's state gem, the Lake Superior Agate. Unearth the secrets of Minnesota's long geologic history from volcanoes and inland sea to glaciers. Test rocks and minerals for their characteristic hardness, magnetic qualities and more. Make a piece of rock jewelry to take home. Agate Phil will share his rock collection and help you identify really cool rocks.
Register online www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com. If you need help registering online, call 249-2170 for more info. You may also send or drop off a check or cash to Maplewood Nature Center

Fall 2014 MN Zoo Speaker Series

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Dwindling numbers for an iconic insect: A conservation biologist ponders moving beyond the documentation of declines
Speaker: Karen Oberhauser, University of Minnesota
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Paul Greenberg's American Catch
Speaker: Paul Greenberg
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.


The Role of Zoos in a Changing World
Speaker: Lee Ehmke (Minnesota Zoo's Director/CEO)
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.


The Wildlife of Voyageurs National Park
Speaker: Dr. Steve Windels
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) refers to products other than timber that are harvested from woodlands. NTFPs include plants, parts of plants, fungi, moss, lichen, herbs, vines, shrubs, parts of trees, and other biological material that are either personally used or sold for their commercial value. We eat NTFPs and use them for medicine. We also use them to make decorations and create specialty products. Not only are many NTFPs marketable, they also are critical for healthy woodland ecosystems. Sustainable harvesting and cultivation of NTFPs through forest farming practices can complement overall stewardship of working forests.

This webinar series highlights the remarkable and diverse world of non-timber forest products, ranging from an overview of the abundance and diversity of NTFPs to forest farming practices focused on particular marketable products.

The webinar series is sponsored by NIFA, the USDA National Agroforestry Center, Forest Farming eXtension, the American Forest Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Webinar Schedule:

All webinars are from 2:00-3:00 pm

October 9: Manage Your Forest for Pine Straw and Rake in the Profits

October 29: Art from the Forest

November 10: Forest Cultivated Mushrooms - a Rotten Business

December 12: Forest Botanicals - Deep and Tangled Roots

Registration links can be found on the webinar series link above.

Restoring MN Ecological Restoration Online Courses

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Welcome
Ecological restoration is increasingly relied on as a conservation strategy in Minnesota. In order to increase project success rates, the Ecological Restoration Training Cooperative has developed five online restoration courses that teach practical in-field applications, as well as the theory behind the practice, for specific aspects of restoration.

Who Should Participate
With a goal of promoting best practices in ecological restoration, this training series is targeted at early career professionals, but even well-seasoned practitioners will benefit from the depth of the content.

Instructors
Susan M. Galatowitsch, professor/head, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife
& Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota
Julia Bohnen, research fellow, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife &
Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota

SITE ASSESSMENT AND SETTING RESTORATION GOALS (Required)
January 5-February 8, 2015
This required introductory course will simulate the initial steps of planning a restoration project from gathering background information to collecting relevant data, and then use the information gathered to formulate restoration goals. This course covers how to assess the ecological condition of degraded sites, diagnose the restoration needs of a site prior to restoration, and plan meaningful project goals. This course is a prerequisite to each of the other four courses.

DESIGNING AND USING NATIVE SEED MIXES
February 9-March 22, 2015
Many ecological restoration projects rely on re-vegetation from seed. This course discusses successful steps for designing and implementing a seed mix, from choosing appropriate species to preparing the planting site. This course covers how to: assess the need to seed, use seed biology to make practical decisions about seeding projects,
design seed mixes, acquire and store seeds, prepare sites and seeds for sowing, seed a
restoration site, and manage a site after sowing to promote vegetation establishment. *Field Training Session included.

MONITORING ECOLOGICAL RESTORATIONS
February 9-March 22, 2015
Monitoring is necessary for evaluating the effectiveness of restoration actions. Learn how to design an efficient and effective monitoring program that yields information helpful for ongoing restoration management decisions and problem solving. This course covers how to select monitoring parameters, develop monitoring protocols, monitor
implementation and quality control, summarize and visualize data, analyze data, and keep records

DESIGNING, INSTALLING, AND MANAGING NATIVE PLANTINGS
Two sessions scheduled.
November 10-December 21, 2014
March 23-May 3, 2015
Ecological restorations of small sites often rely primarily on installing plants to restore the desired native vegetation. Even large sites, which are typically seeded, may be supplemented with plantings. This course covers how to assess the need to plant, design a planting and select species, choose planting stock, create a planting plan, prepare to plant, plant a restoration site, and manage a planting.

VEGETATION MANAGEMENT FOR RESTORED ECOSYSTEMS
Two sessions scheduled.
November 10-December 21, 2014
March 23-May 3, 2015
Restored and degraded ecosystems may take many years to recover. During that time, they need ongoing management. Techniques used in two broad categories of management strategies for restorations: re-establishing natural disturbances
and controlling invasive species will be presented. This course covers: disturbances and introduced species as management priorities, non-chemical management techniques, vegetation management with herbicides, and long-term management of prairies, forests, and wetlands. *Field Training Session included


Field Training Sessions
Participants who successfully complete the Designing and Using Native Seed Mixes and
Vegetation Management for Restored Ecosystems online courses have the opportunity to join staff from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Trails to participate in an all-day field training session. During the field session, participants will tap into the experiences of DNR Parks and Trails Area and Regional Resource Specialist staff to gain new skills in a hands-on environment.
More information is available at www.restoringminnesota.umn.edu.

Time Commitment
It takes most students 25-30 hours to complete each course. All requirements must be completed by the last day of the course period to receive continuing education credit.

Course Deadlines and Final Exam
The course includes recommended deadlines for submitting assignments and a final exam. If you submit your assignments and exam by the recommended deadline, you'll know which questions you didn't answer correctly in time to try again.

Professional Credit
Each course has been approved for 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and 30 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). A CEU certificate will be sent to each participant after the course is passed and completed. The University of Minnesota maintains a permanent record of CEUs earned.

Registration and Fees
Your registration includes access to the course within the course dates and a CEU certificate upon passing and completion of the course. The fee for each course is $375.

How to Register
Online registration is available on the website at www.restoringminnesota.umn.edu.

For Further Information
Zack McGough
University of Minnesota
612-624-3492
cceconf3@umn.edu

Online Training
For those of you who avoid online courses because they don't seem like a great way to learn - give these a try! These online courses have been designed to be interactive and as "real world" as possible. This means you'll be able to visit warm, sunny field sites even when it is 20 degrees below. How bad can that be? All courses will be delivered online and each course will have a specific start and end date.

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