The North Shore Forest Collaborative will host a free fall landowner workshop Friday, Oct. 11, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Two Harbors Community Center, 417 South Ave., Two Harbors.

The purpose of the workshop is to help private landowners along Lake Superior's North Shore revitalizing and restore the forest on their private North Shore land, including providing assistance for tree planting and controlling invasive plant species on their property.

A large percentage of land on the North Shore, within 3 miles of Lake Superior, is privately owned. Many landowners are concerned with the dying birch along the shore and want to improve the forest on their land for wildlife, beauty and water quality.

"This workshop is an opportunity for North Shore landowners to receive help on ways to sustainably restore their forest land for wildlife and enjoyment for the future," said John Paulson of the North Shore Forest Collaborative.

The featured speaker is Duane Fogard, American Bird Conservancy Private Lands forester, who will present "North Shore Forest Restoration for Wildlife."

Other presenters include:

  • Molly Thompson, Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association — "Intro to North Shore Restoration & Prep Now for Spring;"
  • Thor Pakosz, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Private Forestry program — "Stewardship Plans and assistance through MN DNR;"
  • John Sellnow, Natural Resource Conservation Service — "Private Forest Landowner assistance through NRCS;"
  • Mackenzie Hogfeldt, Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Michaela Clingaman, Cook County SWCD — "Working with your Soil and Water Conservation Districts;"
  • Mike Reichenback, University of Minnesota Extension — "MN Extension Service programs for forestland owners."

In addition to the presentations, several agencies and organizations will have displays highlighting their assistance programs and will be on hand to talk one-on-one with landowners and answer questions.