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Formal online training: Introduction to Conservation Forestry Planning (NRCS National Employee Development Center)

Time: will vary (8 modules, 178 slides);  This training focuses on procedures, tools and processes used by conservation planners to deliver conservation technical assistance on forestland and to integrate forest technology on other land uses.

Webinar: Introduction to Agroforestry Systems (USFS, May 2015)

Time: 00:58;  Participants will learn about the five recognized agroforestry practices: Windbreaks, Alleycropping, Silvopasture, Forest Farming and Riparian Forest Buffers.

Webinar: Conservation Tree/Shrub Groups: A Tool for Matching Woody Plants to Soils (NRCS, Nov 2012)

Time: 00:39;   This webinar provides guidance on how to develop and use Conservation Tree/Shrub Groups (CTSG) to match woody plants to soils. 

Webinar: Crop Tree Management for Forest Stand Improvement (NRCS, Oct 2011)

Time: 00:56;  This webinar provides insight into how meeting the sunlight needs of individual crop trees can facilitate Forest Stand Improvement efforts efficiently and effectively, while meeting a variety of possible forest landowner goals and objectives.

Webinar: Application of Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality Protection (Aug 2013)

Time: 1:00;  Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) are techniques and practices used to minimize and prevent water quality problems associated with forest management activities. Typically, sediment is the primary pollutant of focus for forestry BMPs. This webinar provides legislative and policy background for forestry BMPs and applied research findings regarding the effectiveness of BMPs for reducing sediment from a variety of forest operational activities. Forest operational activities that will be discussed include preharvest planning, harvesting, haul roads, skid trails, decks, firelines, stream crossings, and SMZs. This webinar is designed to outline basic BMPs to persons not familiar with the general activities and to provide recent BMP research findings to practicing forestland managers.

Webinar:  Enhancing Mast (food) Production for Woodland Wildlife (Jun 2012)

Time: 1:05;   Fruit from trees and shrubs (aka mast) is a significant source of food for many wildlife species. This webinar will explore a variety of mast producing trees and shrubs found in eastern deciduous woodlands, as well as, their role in sustaining the wildlife species that depend on them. It will explore on some of the techniques, including crop tree management that can be employed to enhance the diversity and productivity of these woodland mast producers.

Training and Informational Websites

All of the following websites contain training or informational materials related to forest management. 

Website:  My Minnesota Woods

This site contains information specific to Minnesota.  University of Minnesota Extension Educators and Forest Resources students create, edit and manage the site content.  The site was created to help private woodland owners make sound, well informed woodland stewardship decisions.

Website:  Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative

The Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative offers continuing education opportunities for foresters and natural resource managers in Minnesota and the region.  The website offers recorded webinars and a schedule of upcoming events and trainings. 

Website:  Great Lakes Silviculture LIbrary

This website is designed to help forest managers from Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario and Wisconsin exchange silviculture prescriptions, including the outcomes of actual on the ground management activities.  The site contains links to real, on-the-ground stories submitted by Lakes States natural resources managers.

Website: Penn State, Center for Private Forests – Forest Stewardship Series Recorded Webinars

This site has an archive of monthly webinars discussing all topics related to forest stewardship.

Website: Penn State, Center for Private Forests – Riparian Buffers for Private Lands


This site has information resources specific to riparian buffers.


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