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Lee Frelich chats about cottonwood seeds and allergies on FOX 9
June 5, 2024

In a new FOX 9 report, Corin Hoggard looks into whether there's a connection between allergies and the blankets of cottonwood seeds that cover Minnesota this time of year. He speaks with Forest Resources Researcher Lee Frelich to learn that what we're seeing – a ton of cottonwood fluffs floating through the air – isn't actually what's causing all the sneezing. 

Forest Resources researchers partner with USACE on new ecosystems study
May 31, 2024

Through a new Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Forest Resources faculty members Rebecca Montgomery and Marcella Windmuller-Campione are partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study tree seedling survival rates in relation to soil, water, and inundation. This research aims to better understand how climate change impacts forests and how forest management practices can adapt to combat challenges caused by climate change.

Two UMN students selected as 2024 SAF Student Diversity Scholars!
May 9, 2024

Recent alumna Lauren Thompson (Forest and Natural Resource Management major, 2024) and undergraduate Emma Ihlenfeld (Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management and Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology majors, 2025) were selected to join the SAF Student Diversity Scholar program! This competitive program, which only accepts 20 students across the nation every year, "aims to empower students from underrepresented groups in forestry and natural resources to help them navigate, grow, and thrive in the profession," describes SAF. Members of this elite cohort are paired with mentors who align with their career goals; develop leadership and networking skills; cultivate community; and also earn SAF membership for the year.