Poster at the National Silviculture Workshop 2019

Poster at the National Silviculture Workshop 2019

We presented the following abstract and poster at the National Silviculture Workshop in May 2019 in Bemidji, Minnesota. 

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The Great Lakes Silviculture Library: A new platform to exchange real-world treatments

Eli Sagor, Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota
Marcella Windmuller-Campione, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Matt Russell, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota
Madison Rodman, Sustainable Forests Education Program Assistant, University of Minnesota

During periods of change, effective innovation at scale requires trying new things, monitoring outcomes, and freely exchanging lessons learned. Every silviculture treatment is an experiment. Yet, there are few opportunities for resource managers to efficiently monitor and exchange the results of these treatments, limiting learning across agency and organizational boundaries. New technologies and instructional platforms can bridge this communication gap in ways that leverage peer exchange and local knowledge.
We’ve developed a new, scalable platform to foster exchange of real-world silvicultural case studies across the Great Lakes region known as the Great Lakes Silviculture Library (http://silvlib.cfans.umn.edu). The free, user-generated online library format has been embraced by the local resource manager community, and the model is replicable across the country.

[As of January 2019] at least 60 people have contributed 76 published case studies across 9 forest types in the Great Lakes. Most case studies are published by resource managers, in some cases aided by student and summer interns. Recent case study development has focused on treatments to address one of six regional forest health threats: emerald ash borer, oak wilt, competing and invasive vegetation, dwarf mistletoe, eastern larch beetle, and deer browse.

Case studies are reviewed and edited by UMN faculty and staff to ensure relevance and quality. Case studies include data, text, photographs, links, contact information, and other multimedia content as appropriate. Case studies are also living documents and have the ability unlike other mediums to have additional information added as each “experiment” develops. In addition to free exchange of content, case studies are excellent teaching tools for academic and Extension faculty allowing the link of theory with practice.