Join Dovetail Partners at the 2014 SmallWood Conference



Dovetail's Project Manager for Recycling & Reuse to present on natural disaster response and municipal trees

(Minneapolis, MN) - Join Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think-tank, June 3rd-5th at the 2014 SmallWood Conference in Rochester, Minnesota. The SmallWood Conference is an education and networking event for today's hot button environmental and forestry-related topics. This year's theme is "Forest Utilization and Management: From Working Woodlands to City Streets". The conference agenda includes sessions addressing: forest watershed protection, natural disaster response, biomass, emerging markets, urban forestry, green building, Emerald Ash Borer, forest restoration, landscape stewardship, international forest products marketing, tribal enterprises and products, policy, and more. The event is being sponsored by the US Forest Service and produced by the Forest Business Network. Attendees can register for SAF and CEU credits.


On Wednesday, June 4th Dovetail's Project Manager for Recycling and Reuse, Dr. Steve Bratkovich, will host a presentation entitled "Municipal Tree Disaster: A Personal Experience". The presentation will address two key strategies for managing municipal storm debris including use of a predetermined site for collection and storage, and developing a market for storm-related material. It will examine a wind storm that occurred in New Brighton, Minnesota, in September 2004, the use of these two key strategies by the community, and the resulting cost savings of at least $50,000. The presentation is part of a three-part discussion series focused on natural disaster response. Additional presentations in the series will include "St. Croix Valley Blowdown Response and Lessons Learned" presented by Jeremy Fauskee, Sandstone Area Forest Supervisor at MN DNR Department of Forestry; and "Hurricane Sandy and New Jersey's Forests' Recovery, Restoration and Resilience" presented by Bob Williams, Pine Creek Forestry Owner and Founder.

Dr. Bratkovich has over three decades of forestry and forest products experience. His areas of expertise include business, marketing and strategic planning; urban wood utilization; primary and secondary wood processing; and sustainable forest management. 


The SmallWood Conference will take place June 3rd-5th, 2014 in Rochester, MN at the Kahler Grand Hotel. For registration and agenda, visit: