Join Dovetail Partners at the 2016 Forest Stewards Guild National Meeting

Site visit to Forest Stewards Guild Model Forest in Aitkin County, Minnesota to highlight recent bat survey data and bat-friendly forestry practices


(Minneapolis, MN) - Join Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think tank, on Thursday July 14th at the 2016 Forest Stewards Guild National Meeting. The meeting is being hosted in partnership with The Nature Conservancy Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan Chapters and The Minnesota Society of American Foresters. Forestland restoration, conservation and collaboration will be explored and discussed. Continuing education credits for licensed foresters will be offered through the Society of American Foresters.


On Thursday July 14th, a bat-friendly forestry and hardwood management field tour will take place in Aitkin County, Minnesota. The field tour will feature visits to County and State forestlands including the Savanna State Forest and the Cornish Hardwood Management Area (CHMA), a Forest Stewards Guild Model Forest. Site visit discussions at CHMA will include maintaining intolerants in un-even aged forests, forest bat survey data, bat-friendly forestry practices, regeneration in 25-year old canopy gaps, and hardwood quality inventory.


Aitkin County was recently recognized for their leadership and commitment to research and education as they pertain to habitat needs of the northern long-eared bat. This research is a collaborative effort between Dovetail Partners and land managers in Northern Minnesota, including Aitkin County Land Department, Carlton County Land Department, and UPM Blandin. The Long Lake Conservation Center, an environmental learning center in Aitkin County, is also a partner to assist with the education goals of the project. The work is supported by the Ecofootprint Grant Program funded by Enbridge, with additional support provided by UPM Blandin Paper Company. Bat-friendly forestry practices and bat survey data compiled by Aitkin County partners will be presented and discussed during the July 14th field tour.


More information about activities related to Northern Minnesota Bat Research and Education is available at the Dovetail webpage addressing Bat-Friendly Forestry:


The Forest Stewards Guild National Meeting will take place from July 13th-15th, 2016 in Duluth, Minnesota and surrounding field sites. For additional information, including event agenda and registration, visit:



About Forest Stewardship Guild
The Forest Stewards Guild is a professional organization of forest stewards, associated natural resource professionals, and affiliates who are passionate about restoring and sustaining the integrity of our forests while meeting the needs of the communities that rely on them. The Guild is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with regional programs and projects throughout the country.