Great Lakes Silviculture Prescription Library

Project Type: 
Core Research Project
Project Leader: 
Research Partners: 
Dr. Linda Nagel (University of Minnesota); Dr. Eli Sagor (University of Minnesota); Kathleen Preece (Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership); Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; Hiawatha National Forest; Minnesota DNR; Wisconsin DNR; Michigan DNR; Chippewa National Forest
Status: 
Ongoing
Science Themes: 

This project is developing an on-line platform to enable rapid sharing and cataloging of silviculture case studies documenting adaptive forest management approaches across MI, MN, Ontario, and WI.  The goal of this project is to create a clearinghouse of information for forest managers across the region to disseminate ideas on addressing emerging issues and tracking effectiveness of a given approach.  The Prescription Library will serve as the basis for regional continuing education offerings for natural resource professionals throughout Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario, and Wisconsin.

The project initiated in late March 2014 and now shares 27 case studies in adaptive silviculture through the Prescription Library platform. These case studies cover Minnesota, Ontario, and Wisconsin and demonstrate a range of silvicultural approaches to address current and emerging issues related to the sustainable management of forests in the Great Lakes region.  A steering committee composed of state, federal, provincial, county, and tribal foresters in the Great Lakes region has been created to guide the development of on-line case studies.  The web-based platform was launched on September 29 at a two-day workshop in Duluth, MN and can now be accessed at: https://silvlib.cfans.umn.edu/silviculture-library

 

Presentations: 
  • Sagor, E.  2015. Silviculture prescription library launch.  Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative. Clyde Iron Works, Duluth, MN. September 29-30.