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May 1-3, 2015
For centuries, the iconic trees of the North Shore--birch, maple, white and red pine, spruce and ash have provided all the materials a craftsperson in the boreal forest has needed. But there’s little question that the forest is changing as Minnesota’s climate changes. During the Northern Sustainability Symposium, we will explore the changing forest through the eyes of craft: what can be made using tree species that will do well in our changing climate, which new materials will become abundant, how can we take an active role in restoring the forest while sustainably harvesting, using and enjoying all the woods has to offer?

Featured Speaker
- Sustainability Courses
Lunch & Learns - Forest Restoration Tour
Community Pizza Bake

Featured Speaker: Jim Manolis of The Nature Conservancy

"Stewarding Northeast Minnesota’s Forests through a Changing Climate"
Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 pm
There is little question that the forest and climate of the North Shore is changing—birch trees are aging out, ice-out dates and snowfall amounts are shifting, and southern Minnesota plant species are getting more common in the north. Will the spruces, pines and cedars give way to oak savannah? How can we care for and steward the beloved boreal forest that is such a quintessential part of the “up north” experience? Join Forest Conservation Program Director Jim Manolis and Forest Manager Chris Dunham of the The Nature Conservancy for a presentation on what research shows about the changes expected to impact forests and examples of projects that can be done—even on an individual scale
that aim to maintain forest health in the face of climate change.


Lunch & Learns, Noon, Friday and Saturday
Friday, May 1 - Restoring Lake Superior’s North Shore Forest with Becky Bartol

Saturday, May 2 - Boreal Birch Syrup: The Syrup of the North with Dave Challen

Forest Restoration Tour, 10am-noon, Sunday, May 2
Join the North Shore Forest Collaborative on a field trip to explore the coastal forest. Learn about restoration techniques used by private landowners and land managers on the North Shore. Participants will meet at North House for a short introduction and can arrange car-pooling or drive independently.  No pre-registration required.



Starting April 30
- Spoon Carving Tutorial I

Starting May 1
- Creating Sacred Space
- All Fired Up: Cooking with Fire
- Cabin Masonry Mass Stove Building

Starting May 2
- Black Ash Basketry: An Introduction
- Creating Your Home Herbal Apothecary
- Spoon Carving Tutorial II
- Soba: Preparing Japanese-Style Buckwheat Noodles
- Willow Plant Supports for the Garden
- Essentials of Cordwood Construction

Starting May 3
- Green Medicines
- Oh So Sweet: Maple Sugaring in Your Backyard


Event Resources:

Program Overview (PDF)

Lunch & Learn
Reservation Form (PDF)

- Cook County Event Info
- Area Lodging & Business Info

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greenhouse construction

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