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The Minnesota Logger Education Program announced a new online mapping training this month. The new training is based on the Minnesota DNR’s Landview application. A basic version of Landview is already online, but this training introduces a newer, far more powerful version that can be downloaded to any PC running Windows.
The training has two components: Introduction and Advanced. The training is best suited to those comfortable with computing and working through a relatively high-speed internet connection. It may be of greatest interest to loggers, natural resource professionals, and advanced woodland owners. Beginners may be more comfortable with the more basic mapping options, as well as links and tutorials, on our Maps & Airphotos page.
Why is MLEP’s new training worth the time? The version of Landview covered in the training offers excellent quality airphoto imagery as well as numerous data layers not available through other sources. It also has other important features, notably the ability to transfer GPS data to or from your GPS receiver. This version is far more powerful than most online mapping applications.
Best of all, there’s no charge and the presentation is excellent. Check out MLEP’s new Landview training now.
This announcement is reprinted from the March 12, 2009 Community Forestry Resource Center weekly news and event summary.
CVal: A Carbon Valuation Tool for Foresters and Private Forest Landowners
The CVal spreadsheet is a powerful tool that will help foresters, managers, and project developers work with private forest landowners to assess the economic profitability of participating in carbon markets. CVal provides a discounted cash flow analysis based on a full accounting of variables, including tract size, carbon sequestration rate, carbon price, and enrollment and trading costs. Automated, financial break-even analyses in the macros version quickly assess threshold values of key variables for profitable projects, and the program readily performs “what if” calculations after storing starting values.
CVal was designed to evaluate managed forest and afforestation projects traded on the Chicago Climate Exchange, but its methodology could be adapted for other trading mechanisms and agricultural sequestration projects. Documentation is provided in the program itself and in GTR-180. CVal was developed by Ted Bilek (USFS Forest Products Lab), Peter Becker (Eastern Ozarks Forestry Council), and Tim McAbee (LandMark Systems), and is available at no cost.
Keep a watchful eye for problems that may be developing on the plants in your landscape. Timely prevention is always more effective and economical than reacting to problems once they have developed. Certain samples can be sent to your local Plant Disease Clinic (.pdf) for diagnosis.
The recommendations in this chart refer only to nitrogen applications. Before fertilizing your landscape with a complete fertilizer (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium), contact a soil testing laboratory for a basic soil test [For MN only: U of MN Soil Testing Labratory]. A basic soil test will provide you with readings on organic matter, pH, cation exchange capacity, macronutrients and micronutrients (Smiley, 2003). Soil testing laboratories may offer timing and quantity recommendations for complete fertilizers (N-P-K).
A variety of cost-share programs are available from year to year for woodland owners. These programs can help defray the costs of wildlife habitat improvement, soil erosion mitigation, tree planting, and many other woodland activities.
Both the amount of funding available and the specific activities for which funding is available vary from year to year. Most of these funds are passed through from the Federal or State governments, so appropriations depend on the legislative process.
There are a variety of different kinds of classes available to woodland owners. These classes cover topics from forest ecology to general forest stewardship planning to the nuts and bolts of timber sales, and everything in between. To find out about upcoming classes, check out Woodland Advisor, Tree Care Advisor, Minnesota Master Naturalist, and the Woodland School.
Information about organizations serving Minnesota woodland owners: Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry, Minnesota Forestry Association, Minnesota Association of Consulting Foresters, Minnesota Logger Education Program, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Minnesota Forest Industries.