7: Forest Health – Links & Resources

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  • Emerald Ash Borer
    http://www.emeraldashborer.info/

    Description: This is a comprehensive website managed by federal and state governments for all states with links to state specific information. It describes damage, identification, where to report possible sightings, how to slow its spread, and much more.

  • Firewise Communities
    National Fire Protection Association
    http://www.firewise.org/

    Description: It offers publications, videos and training to landowners and communities on how to manage the landscape around your home or community to prevent wildfires and their spread. It’s an excellent resource for those with a home or cabin in the woods.

  • Forest Invasive Plants Resource Center
    Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service
    http://na.fs.fed.us/spfo/invasiveplants/index.asp

    Description: You can click on a map of north central states to bring up a list of invasive plants in a state, then look up information about each plant, such as the damage it causes, identification, and management.

  • Invasive Species
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/index.html

    Description: This Website provides links to short publications describing invasive, terrestrial animals and plants and aquatic animals, diseases, and plants. For each species there is a description of the problem it causes, how to identify the species, and where to report sightings or what to do about it.

  • Minnesota’s Forest Invaders: a Guide to Invasive Species
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/assistance/backyard/treecare/forest_health/invasivespeciesinsert.pdf

    Description: This Website shows an 8-page publication covering 14 invasive plants and 6 insects. For each species, it describes the problem it creates, how to identify it using descriptive text and photos, and what to do about it.

  • MyMinnesotaWoods.umn.edu

    Description: This Website covers a broad range of forestry topics aimed at family forest owners, including many current articles on forest health.

  • National Invasive Species Information Center
    National Agricultural Library. U.S. Department of Agriculture
    http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/index.shtml

    Description: You can look up invasive species by state and learn about identification, damage, management, and current news.

  • Best Management Practices for Invasive Species
    Wisconsin Council on Forestry
    http://council.wisconsinforestry.org/invasives/forestry.php

    Description: This Website incorporates a 56-page manual that describes best management practices for forestry that help reduce the impact of invasive species, including 20 plants, 6 insects and 5 diseases.

  • What You Can Do to Control Buckthorn
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/terrestrialplants/woody/buckthorn/control.html

    Description: It describes how to control small and large buckthorn plants by uprooting plants, cutting, or treating with herbicides. Specific tools and herbicides are recommended.

  • What’s Wrong with My Plant?
    University of Minnesota Extension
    http://www.extension.umn.edu/gardeninfo/diagnostics/index.html

    Description: This helps landowners diagnose problems on trees, shrubs, and garden plants that may be caused by insects, diseases, and nonliving factors. It covers 13 hardwood trees and 4 conifer trees and more species are being added.

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