EmpowerU is a program developed out of the University of Minnesota Extension to address audience feedback and frustration about working with - or more accurately, not feeling comfortable approaching - decision makers.
I’m a regular contributor to WOWnet, a professional forester, a mom of two boys, but not a woodland owner. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic my family adopted a local, neglected woodlot and got to pretend it was ours by working hard, creating a socially distanced community and making the world--we hope--a little better.
iNaturalist is a great app and an online naturalist community, available for free at your smartphone store. iNaturalist allows you to quickly record your observation of anything that's ever lived (plants, animals, insects, cones, tracks, etc).
Join us as Jarel Bartig, USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Dave Apsley, OSU Extension, provide insight on the importance of oaks to our ecosystem, the threats facing our oak-dominated forests, and the efforts of the Ohio Interagency Team through the Hocking Plateau Shared Stewardship project to sustain this valuable resource.
All are welcome! Please let us know if any special accommodations are needed.
Please join the St. Croix River Association and the UW-Madison Extension, Natural Resources Education Program on the morning of Saturday, August 22 from 9:30-11:30 AM for a casual and educational paddle at Clear Lake Park and Campground!
Last week, I listened to an audio book from my local library titled, The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, & Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, best-selling authors of The Confidence Code.
This book is written for teens and pre-teen girls, but it is also written for moms and other superhero women who remember the struggles of their own teen years and want to support the girls in their lives. I even found some take-home lessons for myself as a grown-up, confident woman.
“Keep your woods healthy.” That’s a statement that many of us in Extension often tell landowners. Unfortunately, maintaining a healthy woodland is getting more difficult because of the large number of challenges they face.
Jumping worms are a relatively new arrival in Minnesota, joining a host of other invasive earthworms in our state. Unlike most of our other earthworms, however, jumping worms are causing great heartache for gardeners and significantly changing home gardening practices for those unlucky enough to have discovered these lively and voracious pests.