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According to the University of Minnesota, a harvested forest site will often have greater diversity and species richness in a shorter period of time than a site affected by fire, particularly in areas where fire was intense.
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The impact of Minnesota’s forest management activities is assessed through landscape-level forest resource planning and coordination. It’s a forum where forest landowners and stakeholders can collaborate to address forest resource issues over broad regions of our state’s forests.
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Private citizens own more than 40 percent of Minnesota’s forests. If you own some of that forestland and want help managing it, find several helpful resources at http://www.minnesotaforests.com/private-landowners/
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Minnesota’s forests strengthen our economy statewide. Nearly 300 Minnesota cities are home to businesses from which the forest products industry purchases goods and services, from Aitkin to Zumbro Falls and from Warroad to Winona.
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Responsible forest management ensures a proper balance between wildlife and their habitats. By providing buffers, using selective harvesting techniques, and leaving nesting trees and islands of uncut trees, modern logging practices not only help sustain aesthetic values, but also some species of wildlife.
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Thousands of private citizens own a combined total of 45% of Minnesota’s forests, making the product provided by these landowners—wood—a crucial element of the forest products industry.
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Minnesota’s forests are certified as sustainable by both the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council, meaning our forests are healthy and will continue to be great places for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, berry picking, and all of the forest activities Minnesotans enjoy, for generations to come.
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More than 28,000 Minnesotans work in our state’s forest products industry, including accountants, environmental managers, engineers, millwrights, foresters, and many more. To learn about some of their different jobs in our industry, visit TreezyDoesIt.com.
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Do you want to learn about the various cycles of the forest, from young trees, through harvest to re-growth and regeneration? A SmartBoard app on Cycles of the Forests can be found at TreezyDoesIt.com.
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More than 90 percent of Minnesota’s annual timber harvest is conducted by the more than 400 logging businesses that participate in the Minnesota Logger Education Program, helping ensure our forests are expertly managed.
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