Oct
22
9:00 AM09:00

Women of WWOA Fall Gathering

The Women of WWOA are gathering on October 22 from  9 am - 3:00 pm at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, in west central Wisconsin. We are also inviting members of the Minnesota Women's Woodland Network to join us.

Join us to learn more about the wildlife refuge, invasive plants and animals, cost-sharing and technical assistance offered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  We'll spend half the day on the refuge trails and the rest of the time in their new, beautiful Visitor Center.  The day will include all materials, presenters, breaks and lunch.

Send in your registration and payment by October 14.

For questions please contact us at 715-346-4798 or wwoa@uwsp.edu

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Sep
10
10:00 AM10:00

NE WWN Native Prairie, Honey Bees & Pollinators with Darla VanHeerde

Join us for a fall get-together where we will tour Darla's native prairie and bee-friendly lands.

Bring your plant ID book, dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, & bring a water bottle. 

After the land visit, Darla will fire up the grill. If you'd like to stay, bring meat to grill, beverages, and a dish to share!

RSVP to Jan Bernu at twoxforestry@gmail.com

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Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Metro Area Quarterly Meeting

Our conversation will be on the topic of permaculture led by Paula Westmoreland of Ecological Design.  Ecological Design is a permaculture design company creating landscapes which integrate food, function, and beauty.  Paula and her partners have implemented many projects in urban and rural landscapes, including one at The Tiny Diner.  Paula did the design and installation and will share the story about whole systems design and bringing a healthy urban ecosystem to life in a short time.   There is an outdoor patio under a solar array where we will eat and talk and then Paula will lead a tour of the project.  Paula says “The nice thing about The Tiny Diner is it’s a microcosm of many different systems and a story about transforming a landscape.”  She will also share experiences with woodland management so this will be a very broad topic discussion!

Check out the webpage for Ecological Design and the Tiny Diner project at:  http://www.ecologicaldesign.land/tiny-diner-restaurant-farm

RESERVATIONS ARE LIMITED! Please RSVP as soon as possible to Barb Spears at barb@twfllc.com.

 

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Feb
6
10:00 AM10:00

NE WWN Sax-Zim Bog Birding Outing

Save the date for our upcoming WWN-NE Winter Event!


What:  Birding at the Sax-Zim Bog - an outing for the whole family and your friends!
           with Eileen Schantz-Hansen & a Bog Naturalist


When:  Saturday, February 6, 2016

From:   10 AM to ?

Where: Sax-Zim Bog near Meadowlands
 

If you want to carpool, let us know and we'll try to coordinate rides depending on who is coming from where.  Otherwise, directions to the Welcome Center are below.   We'll plan to meet at the Center at 10 AM and car pool from there if needed.  We'll be spending the morning (or however long you want to stay) touring the area by car and foot looking for whatever we can find.  Afterwards, we're planning to stop at the Trailside in Meadowlands for a bite to eat.


What to Bring: binoculars, bird book, warm boots and clothes, and snowshoes if you have them.  We will also try to have some extra binocs & snowshoes in case someone needs them. Bring a water bottle or a thermos of something warm and a snack if you'd like.  And, of course, be sure to dress for the weather!

If you can come, please RSVP to Eileen @ 218-390-7018  or Jan @ 218-879-4433

Hope you can join us!

Have a great day! 
Jan   

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Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Metro Area Quarterly Meeting

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a nice holiday season with family and friends.   Our next quarterly gathering of the Metro Area Minnesota Women’s Woodland Network is scheduled for Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, 6161 Hwy 65 NE, Fridley; 763-571-9020; http://www.croonersloungemn.com/.  Note:  this was the old Shorewood Bar and Grill and now a women-owned business!   I reserved our space starting at 6:30 so you can get there a bit early to warm up with dinner or a treat!  If you can join us, please RSVP to me so that I can confirm our reservation.  Looking forward to seeing you! 

Member Ginger Kopp, Forester/Agroforester with the USDA NRCS, will lead a discussion about available resources that explain how climate change may impact MN forest resources and how to find information about planning forest management activities taking future climate change probabilities into account.  Ginger has a strong passion for this topic and will come with great information.  This should be a great discussion! 

Also, looking ahead to the coming year, please think about topics for our quarterly gatherings, possible field trips/tours and locations for us to meet.  Would you be willing to take the lead in planning a meeting/activity in 2016 with my help?  Let’s brainstorm some great ideas!      

For those who have expressed an interest in the Metro Area MNWWN book club, leader Ginger Kopp will arrive by 6:30 to continue the discussion of a book club.  No book was selected for January.  April perhaps??

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Minnesota Women’s Woodland Network (MNWWN):

Purpose: The Minnesota Women’s Woodland Network (MNWWN) provides the opportunity to recognize and enhance the role of women in woodland management, whether they own land themselves, may inherit or purchase land in the future, or who man simply be interested in supporting this effort.

Mission: The Minnesota Women's Woodland Network is dedicated to building a community of women woodland owners, their families and land managers to nurture a land ethic. The MN Women's Woodland Network creates supportive, informal, small group learning opportunities on topics that include trees, nature and caring for the land.

Goals: Provide networking opportunities for women woodland owners to learn from and support each other · Foster a learning environment that encourages women to participate in woodland management education · Connect women with resources and professionals · Develop recognition of the important role of women as woodland owners in Minnesota.

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Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

NE WWN Buckthorn ID and Hands-on Control

What:  Buckthorn - ID & hands-on control methods for this invasive plant
           with Gail Bong & Peggy Meseroll

When:  Saturday, October 24, 2015

From:   10 AM to ?

Where: Peggy Meseroll property
               Esko, MN
             Please call Peggy if you need directions.  home: 218-879-2418,  cell: 218-380-1040

We will be spending the morning (or however long you want to stay) in the buckthorn infestation on Peggy's land.  You will be learning how to identify buckthorn and be learning about and participating in the control methods.  Please dress for the weather and bring heavy work gloves.  Also bring your favorite loppers if you have them.  Don't forget a water bottle and bring a bag lunch or dish to share.

Please RSVP to Peggy @ home: 218-879-2418 orcell:218-380-1040  

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Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Metro Area MNWWN Quarterly Meeting

Happy Fall everyone!  I hope you’re enjoying the great weather we’ve had so far!  Our next quarterly gathering of the Metro Area Minnesota Women’s Woodland Network is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at La Casita’s in Roseville.  Their address is 1925 Perimeter Road, Roseville, 55113; phone 651-287-4055.  Directions and map:  http://lacasita.biz/locations/.  I reserved our space starting at 6:30 so you can get there a bit early to have dinner or a treat!  If you can join us, please RSVP to me so that I can confirm our reservation.  Looking forward to see you!  Barb

Member Linda Haugen, who is a plant pathologist with the US Forest Service in St. Paul ,has been working on American elm with scientists from the Northern Research Station since 2005.  She will give us an update on the status of Dutch elm disease and American elm in the Midwest, the research that is being done, and what opportunities are available to land managers and owners.  We’ll have an informal presentation and an opportunity for discussion about this iconic species in our landscape.  Thanks, Linda!

For those who have expressed an interest in the Metro Area MNWWN book club, leader Ginger Kopp will arrive at 6:30pm to discuss Helen Hoover’s book “The Long-Shadowed Forest” that you've been reading (no matter how far you’ve gotten – no pressure) and then select a book for the January and April meetings (bring ideas) and explore how best to make the book club work for everyone. 

See you there!  Barb

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Minnesota Women’s Woodland Network (MNWWN):

Purpose: The Minnesota Women’s Woodland Network (MNWWN) provides the opportunity to recognize and enhance the role of women in woodland management, whether they own land themselves, may inherit or purchase land in the future, or who man simply be interested in supporting this effort.

Mission: The Minnesota Women's Woodland Network is dedicated to building a community of women woodland owners, their families and land managers to nurture a land ethic. The MN Women's Woodland Network creates supportive, informal, small group learning opportunities on topics that include trees, nature and caring for the land.

Goals: Provide networking opportunities for women woodland owners to learn from and support each other · Foster a learning environment that encourages women to participate in woodland management education · Connect women with resources and professionals · Develop recognition of the important role of women as woodland owners in Minnesota.

 

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Aug
29
10:00 AM10:00

NE WWN Massage in the Woods

What:  Massage in the Woods (in a tent to ward off bugswith Eric Bong, Certified Massage Therapist

When:  Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Time: 10 a.m. - ? ; the actual end time will depend on number of participants.

Cost:  $1.00/minute in 15 minute increments. Participants determine the length of the massage in 15 minute increments. Eric will also provide a no added fee consultation on how to keep yourself feeling better after your massage.   

Where: Gail Bong’s place, Cloquet, MN

What to Bringwater bottle and/or beverage of your choice, bag lunch or supper (if the weather cooperates and you feel like a little picnic), snack to share

RSVP is a must for scheduling.  Eric requires a minimum of 3 paying customers.

Please RSVP to Gail @ 879-1369 to schedule your massage time and for directions.

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May
30
9:00 AM09:00

Women of WWOA Gathering

Women of WWOA Gathering 

Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 9 am to 3:30 pm

Beaver Creek Reserve Nature Center near Eau Claire, WI

 Join us for a day of meeting new friends, interesting conversations, and good food

while learming more about forests, blue birds, butterflies and native plants. 

Bring your ideas to help us create a Woodland Owner Handbook.

Select the link below for the registration form.

WOWWOA May 30 Gathering 
 

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May
23
7:30 AM07:30

Metro Area MNWWN Bird Watching and Wildflowers Outing

What:  Bird Watching and Wildflowers Outing

 When:  Saturday, May 23, 2015

Time: 7:30 a.m. - ? ; the actual end time will depend on how long you want to stay!  Maybe coffee nearby afterwards?

Where: Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary.     https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks_and_destinations/gardens__bird_sanctuaries/eloise_butler_wildflower_garden_and_bird_sanctuary/   

What to Bring:  Binoculars, bird books, insect repellant and sun screen, water bottle. Dress for the weather and walking.  

RSVP:  Barb Spears, barb@twfllc.com or 651-328-0463 so we know to look for you!

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May
16
8:00 AM08:00

NE WWN Bird Watching in the Woods

What:  Birding Watching in the Schantz-Hansen Woods

When:  Saturday, May 16th from 8-10 AM

Where:  Eileen Schantz-Hansen property, Carlton, MM

What to Bring:  sturdy shoes or boots, binoculars, and a bird book if you wish, also grab a water bottle, a thermos of hot coffee, tea, cocoa and a snack to share.

Please RSVP to me if you’re coming so we don’t take off to the woods without you!  Hope to see you there! 

Jan Bernu

twoxforestry@gmail.com

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May
15
to May 17

Gathering Partners in Natural Resources

Update 3/19/15: 

We are very excited about the upcoming conference, Gathering Partners in Natural Resources, May 15-17 in Grand Rapids, MN. 
 

There will be sixty-three outstanding educational sessions with topics that will help you grow and tend your forest, learn about phenology, invasive species, chainsaw safety, iNaturalist and volunteer opportunities. You are gonna love it!

The MNWWN is organizing a booth and during the conference, there will be two great opportunities for you to meet like-minded women, members of the MNWWN steering committee, and female forestry professionals that will help you SUPER CHARGE your woods and learn about volunteer opportunities.

Complete information on the conference, as well as how to register, can be found at www.MasterNaturalist.org  under the conference tab.

HOSTED BY: University of Minnesota Extension Forestry, Minnesota Forestry Association, Minnesota Master Naturalist, Minnesota Phenology Network

 

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May
14
9:00 AM09:00

Women & Their Land Transitions Workshop

Women & Their Farm Transitions Workshop

Thursday, May 14, Coffee at 9 a.m., program  9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m

Pedal Pushers Café, Lanesboro, MN

Free with good-will donation.

Primer for women farmers and landowners to focus on the peaceful and informed transition of land to another party. Details at https://landstewardshipproject.org/events/item/714.   RSVP for lunch to Caroline, 507-523-3366,  caroline@landstewardshipproject.org.  Sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project. 

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Apr
25
12:00 PM12:00

WOWWOA Woodland Trivia Meet and Greet

You are invited to attend the

Women of WWOA 

Woodland Trivia Meet and Greet 

Saturday, April 25th 

Beginning at 1 p.m. 

Family Farms in Eleva

(Hwy 93, 16 miles south of Eau Claire) 

- Get to know other ladies of CVC-WWOA

- Share your woodland experiences

- Share ideas on how to be part of managing your woodlands

- Play Wisconsin Woodland Trivia

- Have fun!!!

         Food, drink, and gift shop available on site

RSVP to Karen Callaway by April 10 at dkbct5@charter.net or call 715-514-0311

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Apr
8
9:00 AM09:00

MNWWN Steering Committee Meeting

The MN Women's Woodland Network (MNWWN) Steering Committee meeting will be held from 10am to 3pm on April 8, 2015 at the Three Rivers Park District, Silverwood Park.

The meeting will be facilitated through a collaborative process that helps organizations in the transition from where/what it has been to what it might become.  

The MNWWN is in a time of transition and is poised to become a stand-alone organization under the guidance of the members of the MNWWN Steering Committee.  

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Mar
28
11:00 AM11:00

Maple Syrup Making and Sugar Bush Operation

THE SAP'S RUNNIN'!!  Maple Syrup Making and Sugar Bush Operation with Sue Smith, WWN-NE member and Landowner, March 28, 2015  

When:  Saturday, March 28, Noon till ?? (In case of rain, rescheduled to Saturday, April 4.)  The sap has already started running, and the weather forecast is favorable for the sap to run on both Saturdays.

Where:  Sue’s Property northwest of Cloquet

What to Bring:  Please dress for the weather & a walk through the sugar bush.  The trails can be muddy in places.

Sue will be serving chili made with maple syrup for our lunch.  Bring a water bottle & snack to share if desired.

To RSVP, get directions and for questions?  Please contact Sue at 813-842-7345 (cell phone) or sue@smithbuckner.com  

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Mar
8
12:00 PM12:00

NE MNWWN Outing

What:  Skiing, Snowshoeing, or Hiking in the Schantz-Hansen Woods

When:  Sunday, March 8th from 1ish to 4ish (Eileen is flexible)

Where:  Eileen Schantz-Hansen property,  2140 Gillogly Rd, Carlton, MN

Directions:  Provided when you RSVP. 

What to Bring:  winter wear and your skis or snowshoes &/or winter hiking boots if you wish, also grab a water bottle, a thermos of hot coffee, tea, cocoa and a snack to share

Please RSVP to Eileen if you’re coming – hope to see you there! 

Eileen’s contact info:

email:  eileenmsh@gmail.com

telephone: 218-390-7018

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Jan
20
6:00 PM18:00

Metro Area MNWWN Gathering

Our next quarterly gathering of the Metro Area Minnesota Women’s Woodland Network is scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm atLa Casita’s in Roseville.  Their address is 1925 Perimeter Road, Roseville, 55113; phone 651-287-4055.  Directions and map are here.  I reserved our space starting at 6:30 so you can get there a bit early to warm up with dinner or a treat!  If you can join us, please RSVP to me so that I can confirm our reservation. Looking forward to see you!  

I REALLY hope you can join us!  This is going to be an important meeting as we discuss the future of the Minnesota Women’s Woodland Network as it goes through a significant transition and what it means for women woodland owners across the state and here in the Metro Area.  Let your voice be heard on what the MNWWN can do for you!  Bring your ideas on how to grow and strengthen the MNWWN and Metro Area network!

To help lay the foundation for this discussion, Stephanie Snyder, Operations Research Analyst with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, People and Their Environment Unit will join us to talk a little bit about her work, about current research/studies of family forest owners, and, particularly women woodland owners and confirm why what you’re doing to care for the land is so important now and for future generations. 

As a follow-up to our October gathering with Ginger Kopp (NRCS), she suggested to Google “Minnesota goats buckthorn” to link to stories from MPR, the Star Tribune and Modern Farmer.  NRCS is still developing technical information which will be out later in 2015.  For information about oak regeneration she suggests using the MyMinnesotaWoods website  and search “oak regeneration” to get several UMN Extension articles on the subject.  She said there is no one way to regenerate oak in MN, because different areas require different techniques based on soils, geology and forest type.

Finally, at our October gathering, Ginger posed the idea of a Metro Area MNWWN book club to suggest and discuss books by women nature writers.  This book club could meet in advance of the quarterly gatherings or, if there is interest, set an alternative schedule.  To start with, Ginger suggested Helen Hoover’s first book “The Long-Shadowed Forest” first published in 1963.  Helen (1910-1984) is the author of seven books and numerous articles on nature and the wilderness now being offered through the University of Minnesota Press.  She and her husband bought land in the BWCAW and wrote about what was taking place on her land in the 1940-1960s era. 

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