Your Green Life: "Sustaining Our Timberland"

By KBJR News 1

September 19, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM CDT

In the Northland
The Northland's wilderness and forest is beautiful and extensive.
It's also an age old renewable resource, and has become a huge economic driver in the Northland.

"The state of Minnesota has the largest public forest that's certified sustainable in the country. We grow three times as much wood as we harvest in Minnesota each year."

According to the Forest Industry and Analysis Program, in 2010, Minnesota had 15.9 million acres of harvestable Timberland.

"We are harvesting less than one percent of the forest land each year."

Smart management of the lands will preserve the natural resource for generations to come. With new management practices coming out regularly, continuing education is part of the job for loggers.

"Loggers here in the state, that are a part of the Minnesota loggers education program, go through continuing education training on Minnesota's forest management guide lines as well a sweep of other training."

Forest Management, business management, transportation, and safety are also covered in these training sessions. For many of the Northland loggers maintaining the forests is personal.

"Deer hunting, you know, you get that old growth timber and there's just nothing in there any more, you drive through an old stand of woods, the leaves and everything is dead. There's nothing for a grouse to eat in there, or for a deer to go in there, then you cut that, turn the soil up, and then it regenerates and you get these nice healthy sprouts and clover."

Loggers are the ones living, managing, and utilizing the lands, ensuring the health and longevity of the forest industry for generations to come.

"They understand and recognize that their future and the future for their kids and grand-kids, depends on having a sustainable forest out there. So they have trees not only to cut today, but tomorrow, and a hundred years from now."

There is another benefit to harvesting old trees and growing new ones.
Young trees are more efficient at taking carbon out of the atmosphere.
Therefore helping to reduce a potent greenhouse gas.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch