Presenters: Val Cervenka, MN DNR; Brian Palik, USDA Forest Service, N. Research Station, Grand Rapids, MN; Paul Dubuque, MN DNR
Minnesota has more ash trees than any other state in the country with more than 1.2 billion ash trees and more than 1 million acres of black ash. These forests present unique management challenges due to high water tables, remote access and frozen soil requirements for timber operation. New research conducted by the USFS and the University of Minnesota on ecological impacts of different harvesting methods has stimulated a reevaluation of black ash forest management. A review of black ash native plant communities, harvest levels, silviculture practices and case studies will be presented.