July 2008

Since its premiere at the Great Lakes Forest Alliance Conference in June, Forest floor to Showroom Floor: Marketing Green Forestry in Minnesota has generated quite a buzz. So much so that we decided to post the video on our web site. We still have a few copies of the DVD here at the office so email vfvc@blandinfoundation.org if you’d like a copy. Please include your name and mailing address.

The video tells an important story about forests, people, communities and change. It was produced by FretlessFilms Writer and Director John Whitehead for the Blandin Foundation’s Vital Forests/Vital Communities initiative.


Dovetail Partners Inc. publishes reports addressing a wide range of topics and issues related to sustainable forestry, responsible materials, and responsible trade and consumption.

The Partners are currently collecting information to inform future decisions about making their reports more accessible. If you’ve ever read a Dovetail Report, or would like to provide input on their future direction, they want to hear from you.

Here’s the link to their short reader’s survey (short as in it’s 17 questions that can be easily answered by readers of any height): http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=DlnA_2bEjP_2bj4yhkOyRWrm9w_3d_3d

Dovetail Partners thanks you!

Senator Tom Saxhaug recently stopped by Blandin Foundation to share his summary of forestry-related outcomes from the 2008 legislative session.

As you’ll see, it’s an impressive list of accomplishments for Minnesota’s forests and forest industry. Tom will be sharing his perspectives on these accomplishment in constituent meetings over the next several monthss, but he agreed to let VFVC blog readers have a peak as well. Many of the outcomes on his 08 Forestry Wrap Up list benefited from the hard work of Vital Forest/Vital Community participants and contributors; most of them benefited from Tom’s personal leadership. Here’s to collaboration! And well done, Senator Saxhaug!

FP Innovations LogoSave the date! 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 20 Mark Ryans of FPInnovations will present a webinar, “Opportunities and Challenges in Biomass Harvesting in Canada.”

Here’s a synopsis of what Mark will discuss: “The forest industry is a positive contributor to “green” energy across Canada. Moreover, it is well-positioned to take on a greater role in the emerging sector of renewable energy and chemicals from the forest. The recovery of harvest residues for bioenergy has occurred in Canada for over a decade, although until recently, there were only a limited number of operations. Compared to Nordic countries, we have some catching up to do in terms of our practices, guidelines and knowledge of the environmental impacts. However, time is of the essence if the industry is to seize the opportunity.”

The webinar is free of charge. To register, email Lisa Luokkala at lrluokkala@blandinfoundation.org

Thanks to Katie Fernholz at Dovetail Partners Inc. for alerting us to this opportunity.

The National Network of Forest Practitioners is sponsoring a webinar, Reaching Family Forest Owners on July 29 at noon (EDT). Presenters include Mary Tyrrell, the Executive Directors of the Global Institute of Sustainable forestry at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Brett Butler, Research Forester at the Family Forest Research Center for the U.S. Forest Service. NNFP Logo

Tyrrell and Butler will highlight ways to use social marketing principles to increase the likelihood that messages and programs reach more forest landowners.

This webinar will be of special interest to leaders of landowner associations and forestry cooperatives, Extension educators and specialists, service foresters, NRCS, SWCD and RC&D Forestry Specialists, land trust and conservation groups and for anyone else who works with forest owners.

This webinar is free to NNFP members and $10 for non-members. For more information on specifics, contact Scott Bagley, 740-593-8733 or scott@nnfp.us

Thanks to U or M Department of Forest Resources Professor Mike Kilgore for submitting this post to the VFVC Blog.

Mike KilgoreEarlier this month, the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) was presented with a draft plan for managing and protecting the state’s natural resources. This plan, termed the Minnesota Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan (SCPP), was developed over an 18 month period by more than 125 experts, including University of Minnesota scientists and public and private natural resource planners and professionals. The SCPP presents a comprehensive strategy for improving and protecting the state’s air, water, land, wildlife, fish, and outdoor recreation resources.

One of the major threats identified in the report that has been a priority focus of the Blandin Foundation’s Vital Forest/Vital Communities Public Policy Initiative is the fragmentation, degradation, loss, and conversion of forest land cover. The SCPP recommends a strategic area of focus should be protecting large blocks of forest land and priority land habitats through easement or acquisition.

A Star Tribune article on the draft plan can be found at: http://www.startribune.com/local/24090984.html?location_refer=Outdoors:highlightModules:4

The entire plan can be downloaded at: http://www.lccmr.leg.mn/statewideconservationplan/SCPP_FinalPlan.html

Mark JacobsThanks to Mark Jacobs for sharing the following post with our VFVC Blog readers.

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I recently attended a forestry meeting in the UP of Michigan and heard a presentation from Chris Burnett – Consulting Forester on project BURN-UP (Biomass Utilization and Restoration Network in the Upper Peninsula). Some of their initiative is based on information obtained from Ontario and Sweden.

It was an excellent presentation that relates well to our situation in northern MN. Here is a link to their website http://upwoodybiomass.org/. I also have Chris’ PowerPoint presentation. Send me an email at mjacobs@co.aitkin.mn.us if you’d like a copy. I think that we can learn a lot from the “Yoopers” in this arena.

Mark Jacobs
Aitkin County Land Commissioner

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