Join Dovetail Partners at Presentation on Opportunities to Improve Innovative Use of Minnesota-Grown Wood Products


‘Using Local Wood Products – Opportunities, Innovations and Benefits’‚Äč


(Rochester, MN) – Join Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think tank, at a Local Wood Products presentation on October 27th. Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail’s Executive Director, will be presenting on ‘Using Local Wood Products – Opportunities, Innovations and Benefits’. The presentation is being hosted by the University of Minnesota, Rochester and is part of their UMR Connects professional speaker series. Free and open to the public, it is geared towards students, community members, and Mayo Clinic visitors.


Fernholz’s presentation will address opportunities to improve our innovative use of Minnesota-grown local wood products – from building technologies to fine furniture to fiber and renewable energy. Starting with a clear understanding of the complex and beautiful forests of Minnesota – past, present, and future – the presentation will examine the latest in wood technologies (including urban wood) and the diverse environmental, social, and economic benefits associated with the responsible use of local wood products.


“Wood products, the forests they come from, and the many other benefits forests provide are nothing less than amazing,” says Fernholz. “Understanding, honoring, and celebrating the many ways forests touch our lives, our communities, and our homes can open our eyes to tremendous opportunities for greater sustainability .”


Fernholz is a dynamic and compelling speaker who addresses environmental and sustainability issues stemming from a broad understanding of the complex interconnection between society and the natural environment. Fernholz is a leader and international expert on the responsible management of forests and farms, is a forester by training, a forest certification lead auditor, and has worked on development and forest management issues in a range of roles. She holds a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota and has held Board, Chair and membership positions with various organizations including the Minnesota Society of American Foresters, the Minnesota Forest Resources Council, the Blandin Foundation's Vital Forests/Vital Communities Initiative, the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, Renewing the Countryside and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Alumni Society. Currently, she serves on the Minnesota DNR's Stewardship Committee, Minnesota’s Forests for the Future Committee, and the Woodlands Committee for the American Forest Foundation.


The Using Local Wood Products UMR Connects presentation will be held at 7:00pm CST on Tuesday, October 27th at the University of Minnesota, Rochester campus.


Additional information regarding the presentation and other upcoming UMR Connects events can be found HERE