Researchers from the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station are conducting studies to gather more information on topics that include elm and ash experimental silviculture, breeding, and pest and pathogen management. The current results of this ongoing research effort, as well as insights into management of these trees and how communities are responding to their loss were presented at a two-day workshop.
The workshop brought together researchers and managers to share the latest information regarding the status and effects of the loss of elm and ash in forest ecosystems and explored a wide range of management responses for preservation, restoration, and ecosystem transformation. Presentations and discussions were used to share research findings, highlight management responses that have succeeded, consider obstacles, and identify promising areas of future inquiry. The information, issues, and solutions discussed at this workshop will inform the development of manager-focused resources as part of this project.
The workshop included visits to nearby field sites that demonstrate the breadth of management opportunities in ecosystems impacted by elm and/or ash species loss.
Over the course of both days, we:
- Explored promising new information and techniques
- Discussed operational obstacles to elm and ash management
- Identified gaps in understanding and management
September 19-20: Duluth, MN
- September 19 at 8:30-5:00 (CST): Research and management presentations and facilitated discussion of obstacles and opportunities
- September 20 at 9:00-3:00 (CST): Field visits to Minnesota Land Trust Sites in Duluth, MN
This event was organized by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, a collaborative, multi-institutional partnership led by the Forest Service. This research effort was supported by the USDA Forest Service, Research & Development through a project titled “Multidimensional strategies and tools to assess, prevent, and mitigate decline and loss of keystone tree species across the rural to urban continuum.” Many thanks to the Great Lakes Aquarium for hosting this workshop, Minnesota Land Trust for hosting the field visits, and the Lake Superior Estuarine Research Reserve staff for their help planning this event.
If you have questions, please email Mattison Brady