UMN Extension Forestry Team

photo of Charlie BlinnCharlie Blinn is a Professor and Extension specialist with a focus on forest management. Specific research areas include: assessing the impacts of applying forest management guidelines on timber harvesting productivity, evaluating the effectiveness of forest management guidelines to mitigate impacts within forested riparian areas, evaluating stream and wetland crossings options to assess their ability to support equipment without impacting the environment, and the influence of timber sale policies on bidding behavior. He also conducts Extension education programs for loggers and natural resource professionals which focus on a wide variety of forest management topics.; 612-624-3788; 330B Green Hall, 1530 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55108.


Angela Gupta Angela Gupta is an Extension educator with a focus on forest invasive species and private forest land management. Angela is a leader in the MN Women's Woodland Network and the Forest Pest First Detector program, and she's a member of the Woodland Advisor team. Angela is based at the Rochester Regional Office.; 507-280-2869; Extension Regional Office, Rochester, 863 30th Ave. SE, Rochester, MN 55904.


Gary Johnson Gary Johnson is an Extension Professor with a focus on urban and community forestry. Specific research areas include: urban forest health stress disorders (such as deicing salt damage and urbanized soils) and diseases of trees and shrubs; risk assessment and management; tree preservation during construction activities; dysfunctional root systems, including stem girdling roots; and nursery tree production.; 612-625-3765; 101E Green Hall; 1530 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55108


Nathan Meyer Nathan Meyer is a Program Leader for the Extension Center for Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Nathan is very engaged with strategic leadership and programming to support best education practices, citizen science and strategies to support families in nature. He is the leader for the Extension Climate Initiative. Through the Best Practices for Field Days Program, Nate has delivered workshops for hundreds of professionals across the country.; 218-726-6473; Extension Regional Office, Cloquet, Cloquet Forestry Center, 179 University Rd., Cloquet, MN 55720


Michael Reichenbach Michael Reichenbach is an Extension educator interested in the intersection between forest landscape planning and family forest management; forest health; and maintaining working family forest lands. Mike is pursuing an Education Doctorate in Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is studying the efficacy of collaborative learning as a tool to catalyze landscape scale change. Mike often teaches classes on family forest land succession planning, forestry income taxes and forestry property taxes.; 218-726-6470; Extension Regional Office, Cloquet, Cloquet Forestry Center, 179 University Rd., Cloquet, MN 55720.


photo of Matt Russell Matt Russell is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist that focuses on forest ecosystem health. His Extension programming is oriented to forest landowners and natural resource professionals and emphasizes forest management strategies to maintain healthy and productive forests. He manages the MyMinnesotaWoods website and began working with the Extension Forestry Team in 2014.; (612) 626-4280; @MyMNwoods; 220E Green Hall, 1530 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55108


photo of Eli Sagor Eli Sagor is an Associate Extension Professor and Director of the University of Minnesota’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative, based at the Cloquet Forestry Center.  In that role, he organizes and delivers continuing education programs related to forest ecology and management for professional natural resource managers. He has been with the University of Minnesota since March of 2000.; (218) 409-6115; 175 University Road, Cloquet MN  55720.




Gary Wyatt Gary Wyatt is an Extension educator with a focus on agroforestry and bio-energy. Gary works with federal and state agency partners in promoting conservation and agroforestry practices in rural landscapes. Other topics of expertise include invasive species, tree selection, living snow fences, nontimber forest products, riparian buffers, windbreaks and ecosystem services. Gary is based at the Mankato Regional Office.; 507-389-6748; Extension Regional Office, Mankato, 1961 Premier Dr. Suite 110, Mankato, MN 56001.