Great Lakes

Foresters for the Birds 

One of the surest signs of springtime is the return of colorful, joyful-sounding songbirds to the forests of the Northeast.  Forests along the Atlantic Flyway provides critical nesting and breeding habitat for countless warblers, thrushes, and other familiar feathered friends seeking a summer home.

Kirtland's warbler 

Written by Eamon Devlin

We all know that birds sing. Wherever you go one will serenade you; chirping or whistling, they each have their song, and we listen intently; they are the rock-stars to each song, like Freddy Mercury, Adam Levine, Stevie Nicks or even Michael Jackson. The aforementioned singers all however have a band, or some form of accompaniment, and that is so often overlooked. When we are talking about birds their accompaniment may be crashing waves, or rustling leaves, but without these noises the birds’ songs will become nothing more than a memory.

Women Caring for the Land: Free Conservation Discussion and Field Tour 

Event Date: 
Fri, 04/17/2015 - 8:30am - 3:00pm

Zionsville Town Hall
Zionsville, IN

Timber Harvesting Do's and Don'ts 

Forester and woodland owner Barrie Brusila of Mid-Maine Forestry in Warren, ME shares some of her lessons learned in a simple handout entitled "Timber Harvesting Do's and Don'ts."  


--work with a licensed forester as your agent, unless you are very knowledgeable about the value of your woodland, market prices, contracts, realistic logging expectations, timber harvesting regulations, etc.

--be clear about your objectives for timber harvesting

--ideally, follow a written forest management plan

--work with a reputable forester and logger

--have well-written contracts with your forester and logger

Book Review of Richard Horan's "Seeds" 

Seeds: One Man’s Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to KerouacWelty to Wharton

By Richard Horan (Harper Perennial, 2011)

Reviewed by Renee D'Aoust.

Congratulations Barb Spears! 

In the wake of Thanksgiving I find myself reflecting on the things and people that make the world a better place. Barb Spears is one of these women. She is a founding contributor to the MN Women's Woodland Network (MN WWN). She's the dedicated leader of the Twin Cities, MN local chapter of the MN WWN. Barb’s also the driving force behind the program’s current direction. But amazingly all this work helping women woodland owners is only a small glimpse of the amazing professional and volunteer efforts Barb has done for forestry over the years.

Women's Chainsaw Class 

Event Date: 
Sat, 09/20/2014 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Women’s Chainsaw Class – Back by Popular Demand!

Date:  Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time:   9:30 Registration and Refreshments       

           10:00 – 4:00 Class

Would you stay or would you go?  

There is a group of women in North Central Minnesota, who live "out in the woods" in various rural areas, usually 15 to 30 miles away from pretty much everything, and get together regularly for outdoor activities, friendship, and support.  They had a discussion on the question, "Would I stay or would I go."  What would you do if your partner was no longer with you.  Would you stay up here?  What would convince you to stay?  What would convince you to go?

Play Clean Go Day - Saturday, June 14 

Play Clean Go Day, Saturday, June 14


Play Clean Go Day - Saturday, June 14 

Play Clean Go Day, Saturday, June 14