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Minnesota Harvester Handbook

Minnesota Harvester Handbook is a resource developed by University of Minnesota Extension with the help of a broad network of contributors and demonstrates the breadth and diversity of useful natural resources found in and around the states woodlands and forests. In most of these contexts, there is year-round potential for harvesting and gathering.

Despite the apparent focus on natural resources and products, the Handbook focuses on people. Natural resources contribute to Itasca County's social fabric and well being through the creation of individual and shared identifies and by supporting our livelihoods. Much like our abundant lakes, natural resources help define that which is Itasca County. Consider maple syrup, walleye and morel mushrooms, to name a few. Itasca County's natural resources represent a shared connection and a potential cultural bridge tween the region's original inhabitants, established communities of varied ancestry, and the many new cultures that increasingly charterize the changing face of Itasca. Natural resource gathering provides a potential venue for sharing knowledge about specific plants,products, and practices, as well as the people involved in their traditions.

The Minnesota Handbook contains two main elements. The basic tenets of harvesting: biology, policy, social issues and markets, apply to all of the products covered in this version. The basic tenets are core content, and fundamental to all products. The fact sheets address a selection of important and interesting natural resources and present the specifics of the basic tenets within the context of a single product. Thus, the fact sheets and basic tenets are complementary.

The publication is available for purchase through the Minnesota Bookstore (link below) and will be available through upcoming University of Minnesota Extension programs here.