Conference-goers Gear for 2012 Fire Season

By KBJR News 1

March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 7:27 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Blowdown can be described as the dead trees, shrubs, and other debris that litters both the forest floor and landowner properties after severe weather and high winds.

Attendees of the Minnesota Family Woodlands Conference at the DECC learned how to salvage wood on their property, avoid pest infestation, and how to protect against the upcoming wildfire season.

According to Firewise Community Specialist William Glesener, blowdown is really only half of the issue: "It's not just the blowdown. It's even just the daily growth, and increase in fuels year to year. People have to keep their properties cleaned and maintained in order to help prevent wildfires from causing damage to property."

Attendees were also invited to take a bus tour of sites where landowners have already reduced wildfire risk.