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Pre-Recorded Webinars: Minnesota Wood Species & Carbon Credits for Forest lands

Project files

Purpose

To increase awareness among potential users of Minnesota wood species and variety, characteristics, and uses of local native resources.

Partners

University Of Minnesota Partners:
NM Partnership, Center for Integrated Natural Resources, School of Architecture, and
NRRI,
Community partners:
Minnesota Wood Education Project, Blandin Foundation, Dovetail partners, Minnesota
DNR, Rajala companies, Root River Hardwoods, Aitkin Hardwoods, Bemiji Millworks,
Krecch O’Brien Mueller & Associates, Hedstrom Lumber Company, Woodmax, and
members of organizations’ board.

Activities

The specification for the re-recorded webinars has been completed. The designated
webinar presenters have been selected. Samples of all wood species have been collected
and photographed. The power point formats have been designed. Prepared detailed
instructions for recording pre-recorded webinars for presenters. The pre-recorded carbon
credit webinar and wood species webinar have been completed. The wood species flash
card sets have been assembled. The development of target audience database has been
completed. The carbon credit pre-recorded webinar CD and memo have been mailed to
204 forestland owners and related organizations. The wood species pre-recorded webinar
CD, flash cards, and memo have been mailed to 1.479 architects, builders, specifies,
lumber yards, and secondary manufacturers and related individuals and organizations and
the remaining CDs will be distributed upon request. The two pre-recoded webinars have
been posted on the www.trueNorthWoods.com and http://forest.nrri.umn.edu websites. A
presentation was made to architectural students at U of M class.

Outcomes

Forestland Owners were updated on the current status of carbon credit for forestland
programs and the current rates; since the beginning of the project the U.S. has not
implemented a cap and trade policy and market for carbon sequestration has collapsed.
Specifiers and purchasers of wood were informed of the characteristics and primary uses of all commercially available species of Minnesota woods and provided information on
how to source these wood species; since the distribution of the materials, the quality of
inquirers and inquiries to the organization for Minnesota wood species has improved.

Funding

$4,500

Leveraged resources

$9,820 plus In-kind donation of time.
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