Forestry

Forestry page links:  Tree & Shrub Leaf ID     Tree Species Fact Sheets

 

Bi-Annual Newsletter

The Pine Soil and Water Conservation District sends out a newsletter every spring and fall to all Pine County residents. If you did not receive a newsletter, please feel free to stop in at our office to see our most current newsletter or contact us by phone or email. 

Staff Contacts  Newsletter

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Buckthorn Video Series 

Click the link below to go to our YouTube page. There you will find a series of videos talking about identifying and managing buckthorn. 

Pine SWCD Buckthorn Series

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Forestry Related Rental Equipment

There are two backpack sprayers that are available as well as tree planting bars. If you have any interest in using them, please contact us or stop by our office to learn more. Feel free to take a look at the forms by clicking on the links below. You can print them off or stop in at our office to receive them.

Tree Planting Bars: Tree Planting Bar Form

Backpack Sprayers: Backpack Sprayer Rental Form    Release of Liability Form

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Woodland Stewardship Plan

Are you interested in a Woodland Stewardship plan for your land? Please click on the link below to get more information.

 Woodland Stewardship Plan Flyer

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Don’t spread oak wilt

Did your oak die suddenly this past summer? If so, oak wilt could have been the culprit. Oak wilt is a deadly tree disease that is spreading north in Minnesota. Right now, it is reaching into Pine and Morrison counties. There are a few important things you can do to stop its spread.

If you have already cut down that dead oak, make sure you don’t move it anywhere that oak wilt doesn’t exist (roughly in an east-west line from Little Falls to Hinckley). You wouldn’t want to be responsible for killing a patch of forest at your lake property your cabin. Even if you’re in an area that is heavily impacted by oak wilt, there are still a lot of zones free of the disease everywhere, even in infested counties.

Your fool-proof option is to leave the oak where you cut it for a year. If you do that, cut it up, stack the wood, and tarp the pile from April through August to prevent oak wilt spores from spreading from the infected wood. Make sure you bury the edges of the tarp in soil so spore-spreading beetles can’t reach the oak wilt fungus inside and escape, covered with spores, to kill yet another oak. After the following summer, the wood will never produce spores again.

If you haven’t cut the tree down yet, cut it down before April. Don’t move it from your property. Simply cut it up into firewood-sized segments, stack, and tarp from April through August. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of tarping, burn the wood between August and April. Make sure you have a burning permit if you need it! If tarping or burning aren’t good options for you, another is to haul the wood somewhere where it will be chipped between August and April.

Do your part to prevent the spread of oak wilt. Leave infected oaks in place for a year. Tarp, burn, or chip them in the winter. And definitely avoid moving infected oak logs between April and July. For more information, check out the DNR’s oak wilt webpages (MNDNR Oak Wilt). Don’t miss the section on Management (MNDNR Oak Wilt Management) that contains information on how to properly handle infected wood.

 


 

 

Forestry and Wildlife Management Directory

Click the PDF below for contact information of local contractors providing forestry and wildlife management services.  

2020 Forestry and Wildlife Management Directory