The 3rd Northern Forest Genetics Association Meeting was held September 6-8, 2006, in
conjunction with the Minnesota Tree Improvement Cooperative’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Approximately 40 people with a general interest in forest genetics from the United States and
Canada gathered at the University of Minnesota’s Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet,
Minnesota, to present and discuss the status of their research and programs. The meeting opened
with keynote presentations that reviewed the history of forest genetics research in the Lake
States, the current successes and struggles at the North Carolina State University tree
improvement program, and research on what changes future climate may bring for native plant
populations. This meeting demonstrated activity in a wide variety of forest tree species with
presentations falling into three broad categories: tree improvement of conifers and fine
hardwoods, novel approaches to mitigate the impacts of diseases and pests, and potential impacts
of climate change on populations and seed source recommendations. Participants also toured the
Cloquet Forestry Center, including the white pine breeding arboretum, and various cooperator
seed orchards in the Minnesota Tree Improvement Cooperative.
Tree Improvement in the 21st Century: Planning for the Future. Proceedings of the 3rd Northern Forest Genetics Association Meeting.
University of Minnesota.
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