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North Shore Landowner Workshop Friday at Wolf Ridge

North Shore forest and river
North Shore forest and river

The North Shore Forest Collaborative will offer a free workshop for North Shore landowners on Friday, June 7, from 12:30 – 4 p.m. at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland. (Click on audio mp3 above to hear an interview with North Shore Forest Collaborative coordinator Julie O'Leary.)

The purpose of the workshop is to provide landowners with information about issues affecting their North Shore woods and hands-on assistance with tree planting and controlling invasive species on their properties.

The workshop will cover topics ranging from the effects of climate change on the North Shore forest to developing plans for woodlots, tips for successful tree planting, and products that can be harvested and made from the woods.

Presenters will include staff from the U.S. Forest Service, University of Minnesota Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

More information about the workshop and registration can be found at,  or call 218-525-0001, or e-mail


2nd Annual North Shore Landowners Workshop
June 7, 2013 12:30 - 4:00 pm
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Finland, MN 

  • Are you wondering what you can do about the dying birch in your woods?
  • Are you looking for assistance planting trees or controlling invasive plants?
  • Are you interested in how climate change will affect the North Shore?
  • Do you want to learn about making willow whistles and maple syrup? 

Whatever your interest or size of your property, join the North Shore Forest Collaborative for an educational and fun workshop designed specifically for private landowners on the North Shore.

12:30 pm Welcome
Background on the North Shore Forest Collaborative
12:45 Climate Change and the North Shore Forest
Casey McQuiston, USFS
1:30 – 2:00 Break out sessions. (Select one)
  Best Planting Practices and Tips for Successful Planting
Harley Hanson, Minnesota DNR Parks and Trails;
Mike Reichenbach, University of Minnesota Extension
  Managing Your Land to Protect the Water
Jennifer Thiemann, Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District
2:00 – 2:30 Break out sessions. (Select one)
  Doing the Right Thing for Your Woods
Dan Weber, Natural Resource Conservation Service
Matt Tyler, NRCS technical service provider
  Assessing Your Land’s Need for Reforestation
Chel Anderson, Minnesota Biological Survey
Dave Ingebrigtsen, Minnesota DNR
2:30 Break and refreshments
2:45 Goods from the Woods
Dave Wilsey, University of Minnesota Extension;
Mike Reichenbach, University of Minnesota Extension Service
3:30 Wrap-up and evaluation
  Tour of Wolf Ridge
Gravel Beds: A new way to grow seedlings

This event is free and open to the public 

Click here to register

Or phone 218-525-0001, email
Directions to Wolf Ridge ELC:
Follow Highway 61 approximately 66 miles north of Duluth, Mn to County Road 6 in Little Marais. You will see a large sign marking the turn to Wolf Ridge.
Take a left on County Road 6.
Travel 4 miles to the Wolf Ridge driveway (Cranberry Road).
Turn left into the driveway and follow it 2.5 miles to the main campus on the ridgetop.