Northeast Network

Native Prairie, Honey Bees & Pollinators

by Jan Bernu

On September 10, Darla Van Heerde of Esko hosted the MN Women's Woodland Network-NE fall event: Native Prairie, Honey Bees & Pollinators. Darla showed us around her 40 acres on a gorgeous fall day. With lots of hard work and the assistance of various entities, Darla has created a beautifully blended mixture of orchards, gardens and native prairie with a variety of pollinator plants, as well as a pond for wildlife and some wooded acreage. She is also a bee keeper with 10 hives. At the end of the tour, she treated us to a glass (or two!) of her delicious homemade elderberry flower lemonade and carrot salsa.

NE WWN Fall Event. Buckthorn ID & Hands-on Control Methods

On October 24, 2015, Northeast WWN member Peggy Meseroll hosted a buckthorn removal event on land that she manages. Gail Bong, NRCS Technician, gave a “Buckthorn 101” talk and they hacked and chemmed a good sized area, and prescribed follow-up to kill the seedlings before they turn into seed bearing trees.  They used Buckthorn Blasters: http://landscape-restoration.com/, a great little tool for the homeowner/landowner.  Buckthorn control/eradication takes a lot of hard work followed by many years of dedicated follow up to keep it at bay.  

Peggy made amazing gumbo that she shared withus afterwards!  Buckthorn busting and great food with fantastic woods women.  It doesn't get any better than that!

Massage in the Woods and Goods from the Woods!

On August 29, 2015, Gail Bong (WWN NE) hosted “Massage in the Woods and Goods from the Woods – Show & Tell, Buy & Sell”. The outdoor massages, provided by Certified Massage Therapist Eric Bong, were greatly enjoyed by several WWN NE members. Some of the women brought "Hand Crafted Goods for Show & Tell, Buy and Sell”. Darla VanHeerde brought delicious Elderade that she made from Elderberry flower syrup and lemons. She also brought honey, lip balm, and lotion bars from the bees that she keeps at her  home business, and shared the very fun story of why she named her farm “Pants Mary Apiary.”  Sue Smith (Stoneybrook Farms) brought Pickled Milkweed pods, Highbush Cranberry jelly, and Wild Raspberry jelly, and Gail made Sumac juice, Chokecherry jelly and Elderberry jelly. Show & Tell Woods Crafts included baskets made from Red pine needles, and jewelry made from local rocks, bear claws and teeth, and porcupine needles. Dried, pressed, and framed plants and flowers were on display, too.   

 Happy Woods Women!  Photo credit:  Gail Bong

Happy Woods Women!  Photo credit:  Gail Bong

 Garden Gurus!  Photo credit:  Gail Bong

Garden Gurus!  Photo credit:  Gail Bong

 Goods from the Woods.  Photo credit:  Gail Bong

Goods from the Woods.  Photo credit:  Gail Bong

 Goods from the Woods.  Photo credit:  Gail Bong

Goods from the Woods.  Photo credit:  Gail Bong

 Goods from the Woods.  Photo credit:  Gail Bong

Goods from the Woods.  Photo credit:  Gail Bong

 Goods from the Woods.  Photo credit:  Gail Bong

Goods from the Woods.  Photo credit:  Gail Bong

Timber Sale - the Nuts and Bolts on an Active Job Site

Northeast MNWWN and Peggy Meseroll Host a Tour of an Active Timber Harvest by Jan Bernu, MNWWN Northeast

On February 28th, the MN Women’s Woodland Network (MNWWN)-NE local network sponsored a tour of an active timber harvest at the Maki Family LLC property near Esko, MN.  Peggy Meseroll, MFA Board Member and member of the WWN-NE local network, and her sister Mary are members of the Maki family and hosted this tour.  Jan Bernu, Two By Forestry consulting forester and contracted forester for the Maki family, led the tour and discussion on “Private Timber Sale Nuts & Bolts Basics.”  Jan is also leading the WWN-NE group and arranged this tour.  There were 12 participants, including 3 from the Metro Area MNWWN, who braved the cold temperatures to learn about timber sales, timber harvesting and woodland management. 

Bell Timber bought the Maki timber sale, which is currently being harvested by No Sweat Logging.  The participants were actually able to observe an active cut-to-length harvesting operation and received on- site information regarding the active timber harvest.  The Makis’ are thinning their pine stands to enhance the health and growth of the pine.  The pine wood products include pulpwood, sawbolts/logs and telephone poles.  They are also cutting some of the aspen to further enhance wildlife habitat for early successional wildlife species.  This harvest will not only provide income from various timber products but enhances forest health and wildlife habitat. 

 Image by Ginger Kopp

Image by Ginger Kopp

 Image by Gail Bong

Image by Gail Bong

 Image by Barb Spears

Image by Barb Spears

 Image by Barb Spears

Image by Barb Spears

 Image by Barb Spears

Image by Barb Spears

 Image by Ginger Kopp

Image by Ginger Kopp

Original invitation: 

What: Timber Sale – the Nuts & Bolts on an active job site by Jan Bernu, Consulting Forester & acting forester on this job site

When:  Feb 2015 - TBD but hopefully sometime this month – might even be as soon as next weekend (21st)

Where: Maki Family LLC land just north of the city of Esko - Peggy Meseroll & her siblings’ property

Peggy and her siblings are harvesting some timber on their property this winter.  She has graciously agreed to allow us to come over and see their timber sale in progress.  However, I still need to get permission from the logger that they’re OK with having a group on or near the active site with all of the running equipment and trucks, etc.  Also, loggers’ schedules are often fairly last minute so this will be last minute if we can do it.  If possible, you will need a hard hat – I do have some hard hats but if anyone has one, you will need to bring it or let me know if you’ll need one.  You’ll also need to dress for the weather as this will be an outdoor gathering.