• VFVC Newsletter - February 2005

    February 1, 2005

    This is the first issue of volume two in a series of periodic updates on developments in the Blandin Foundation's Vital Forests/Vital Communities initiative.


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    Survey of Minnesota Logging Operators in 2004

    This report presents the results of a survey of Minnesota logging operators completed in December 2004. Survey results will inform the baseline evaluation for the Vital Forests/Vital Communities initiative, as well as the design of new Minnesota Logger Education Project curricula, part of a Blandin Foundation funded effort to strengthen Minnesota’s logging industry. Where pertinent, results were compared to findings from two previous surveys of Minnesota’s logging industry.

    Click here to read the Executive Summary


    Vital Forests/Vital Communities Credibility Survey

    As part of the Vital Forests/Vital Communities initiative, the Blandin Foundation seeks an understanding of its credibility in undertaking the effort and an assessment of stakeholder views of progress made to date. The first review was done late in 2003; this paper summarizes the second review done in 2004.

    Click here to read the Executive Summary.


    Family Forest Land Management Research Projects

    A key objective of the Vital Forests/Vital Communities initiative is to increase the number of acres of family owned forests in Minnesota under the guidance of actively implemented forest management plans. Based on input from the initiative’s Advisory Board, Blandin Foundation has contracted two research efforts to identify promising practices and approaches.

    • Cooperative Development Services will research and report on landowner and community driven land management models that may be adapted to serve MN’s family forest owners’ needs for forest management assistance and services. Read more…
    • University of Minnesota Extension Service will research and identify effective Internet-based resources for family forest owners. Read more…



    August 16-17, 2005
    Building the Capacity of Minnesota's Wood products manufacturing industry: focus on Design, value and Investment

    Grand Rapids, Minnesota

    For information on last year’s conference, click here…

    Thank you for your interest in the Vital Forests/Vital Communities initiative. For more information, or to share any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at (218) 327-8728 or brjoselyn@blandinfoundation.org.

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