ADV - Webinar: Status of Elk Restoration in Northeast Minnesota
Cloquet, MN 55720
Historically, elk numbered in the thousands across most of Minnesota, but were rapidly extirpated beginning in the 1800s. Today, only 3 small herds of elk exist on a fraction of their historic Minnesota range in the northwest corner of the State. In 2015, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in partnership with the University of Minnesota and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation applied for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to complete a feasibility study exploring the levels of suitable habitat and public support for elk in 3 study areas in northeast Minnesota. Funding was awarded in 2016 for this University led study and final reports were completed in August 2019. Study areas were centered on the Nemadji State Forest in northern Pine County, the Fond du Lac State Forest and Fond du Lac Reservation in Carlton and southern St. Louis County, and the Cloquet Valley State Forest in southern St. Louis County. Support among landowners and the general public for elk varied, but was high in all 3 areas. Habitat analysis indicated all 3 study areas had suitable habitat and could support approximately 1 elk/mi2. An update on the status of the project will be provided in the webinar.
This webinar is part of the Sustainable Forest Education Cooperative 2020 series. You may register for each session individually for $20.00 or the entire series for $50.00. Registration and further details can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-sfec-umn-extension-forestry-webinar-series-registration-72744477691
The course cost is $20 and includes course manuals and supplies.
Meeting from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. on:
- Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Britt Forsberg is the program coordinator for the Minnesota Native Bee Atlas, a citizen science program developed to create an open, comprehensive database of native bee species in Minnesota. She uses her experiences leading youth and adults in inquiry science and the outdoors to help guide students to the realization that anyone can be a scientist. Britt holds a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MEd in Family Education from the University of Minnesota.
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