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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. 

Earlier Event: September 20
Women’s Chainsaw Class
Later Event: March 8