Charlie grew up in Connecticut, going to school in a suburban environment and spending non-school days in a rural part of the state. After high school, he attended schools in West Virginia, Tennessee, Minnesota and Virginia. He joined the Department of Forest Resources in 1984. Married in 1979, he has two sons and one granddaughter.
My research interests are broadly focused on forest management. Specific research areas include: assessing various aspects of logging businesses (e.g., productivity, current and replacement equipment, future plans, attitudes and behaviors towards invasive forest plants), evaluating the influence of various timber sale policies on buyer bidding behavior, examining various approaches for increasing forest management on family forests, better understanding the impacts to forest soils from management and options for mitigating those impacts, and identifying and assessing the effectiveness of approaches used to manage for dwarf mistletoe. I also conduct Extension education programs for loggers and natural resource professionals which focus on a wide variety of forest management topics including applying forest management guidelines, various aspects of timber harvesting and road planning, the status of the logging industry, invasive forest plant species identification and management, and forest-based youth education on the White Earth Reservation.
Shivan, G. C. K. Potter-Witter, C. R. Blinn and M. Rickenbach. 2020. "The logging sector in the Lake States of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin: Status, issues and opportunities." Journal of Forestry 118(5):501-514. Available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/jofore/fvaa021
Snyder, S. A., C. R. Blinn, and R. R. Peterson. 2020. "Examining loggers’ attitudes and behaviors towards invasive forest plants: A Minnesota case study." Journal of Sustainable Forestry. Available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/10549811.2020.1764370
Blinn, C. R., T. O’Hara, D. T. Chura, and M. B. Russell. 2015. "Minnesota’s logging businesses: A survey to determine the health and viability of the logging sector." Forest Science. 61(2):381-387. Available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/forsci.14-013
Honors and Awards
CFANS Alumni Society Distinguished Faculty Award
Dean and Director’s Distinguished Award, Campus Faculty, University of Minnesota Extension Service
Richard C. Newman Award for Community Impact, College of Natural Resources
USDA Secretary’s Award for Enhancing the Capacity of all Rural Residents, Communities, and Businesses to Prosper for the White Earth Reservation Science and Math Program Team.
Award of Excellence from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry