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The Eastern Red Cedar Story: Management and Markets for Red Cedar Trees

June 26, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Red Cedar Tree Management and Markets Workshop and Tour

If you have Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) trees in your landscape you may have noticed seedlings growing in areas where you did not plant them.  Eastern red cedar is native to much of the U.S. and can offer protection and food for wildlife.  Birds and other wildlife eat the berries spreading red cedar trees into pastures and other landscapes where they are not wanted or needed.  If these wild seedlings are not controlled they can grow and take over open areas and pastures, changing the intended use of the property.

Red cedars can be managed to protect pastures and native landscapes while still leaving stands for wildlife.  In an effort to update farmers, landowners and natural resource professionals on management of and possible markets for red cedar, a workshop and tour has been planned for June 26, 2018 near Peterson, Iowa.

The Eastern Red Cedar Story will be held Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 8:30 AM till 4:00 PM at the Prairie Heritage Center, 4931 Yellow Ave., Peterson, Iowa  51047.  A workshop session will be held in the morning with a tour of red cedar sites with different management controls and needs in the afternoon.

Topics and speakers for this Red Cedar tree workshop include:

  • Carbon Sequestration and Soil Health Potential by Tom Sauer, Ag Research Service – Iowa State University;
  • The Good, Bad and Ugly – Red Cedar and Wildlife by Amy Crouch, The Nature Conservancy
  • Laboratory Evaluation of Biofuel Production by Junyong Zhu, US Forest Service
  • Screening Phytochemicals in Red Cedar for Development of Potential Entrepreneurial Opportunities by Chung-Ho Lin, University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
  • Management Considerations for Red Cedar in Agroforestry Systems by Diomy Zamora/Gary Wyatt, University of Minnesota Extension
  • Eco-Cedar 1.0: A visual and Economic Decision Support Tool for Farm and Rangeland Managers by John Tyndall, Iowa State University

Registration is $25 (includes lunch) or $30 after June 21, 2018.

Register on-line at this site:  www.regonline.com/RedCedar

This research project is supported by funding from the North Central Regional Sun Grant Center at South Dakota State University through a grant from USDA.

For more information, contact Diomy Zamora, zamor015@umn.edu or Gary Wyatt, wyatt@umn.edu.


Gary Wyatt, UMN Extension Educator, Extension Regional Office, Mankato


June 26, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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University of Minnesota Extension


Prairie Heritage Center, Peterson, IA
4931 Yellow Ave
Peterson, IA 51047 United States
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