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Twin Ports Climate Coalition: Northern Minnesota Forests Climate Conversation

Photo: Duluth, MN Skyline

October 16, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Large Conference Room
525 Lake Avenue South, Suite 400
Duluth, MN 55802

When caring for the trees and forests that we own or regularly visit, our eyes, our hearts, and our relatively short lifespans (at least when compared to the lives of trees), can lead us in a direction that is not necessarily the best for their long-term health, vigor, and resiliency.

Popular wisdom and historical practices can be out of sync with current understanding of forest dynamics and the practices that best care for our northern Great Lakes forests. Changes in climate, weather, temperatures, and precipitation can throw a wrench into what we once knew about the life history, growth, behavior and ecology of tree species. Louise will present several perspectives on caring for trees in the context of our changing climate.

Speaker Bio:

Louise Levy earned a master’s degree in forest science from Oregon State University and has worked in the field of traditional forestry. After a little more than a decade she was unexpectedly bitten by the arboriculture bug and made the move into arboriculture and urban forestry. Levy became a University of Minnesota Tree Care Advocate, which is modeled after the Master Gardener program, before earning her certified arborist credentials from the International Society of Arboriculture. Since 2011 she has run Levy Tree Care serving northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Her skills and interests fill an unusual niche as an arborist with forestry and forest ecology knowledge and training. Levy says straddling those worlds is fun and challenging and keeps her in contact with current forest ecology research activities, including climate change projections for forests in northern Minnesota.


Climate Conversations is hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program in support of the Twin Ports Climate Coalition, fostering communication and collaboration as we adapt to climate challenges in the Twin Ports region. Sponsors include Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Sea Grant, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 1854 Treaty Authority, City of Duluth, UMD Natural Resources Research Institute, Barr, and Superior Wisconsin

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