Nature Matters: Home Improvement for Wildlife and Humans

By KBJR News 1

March 21, 2011 Updated Mar 24, 2011 at 9:02 AM CDT

Northland forests contain a veritable gold mine of natural resources.

In this week's nature matters David Hoole meets one area landowner who recently donated some of his natural wealth so others could have a better home.

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"We needed to harvest some of this wood out here. It's getting mature and starting to fall over anyway.

When Rick Lundquist wanted to improve the wildlife habitat of his Gnesen Township property he contacted the forests for humanity project.
The organization gets private property owners together with foresters and loggers to benefit habitat for humanity projects.

"These trees that are being cut are going to end up being siding for families here in the Twin Ports and around the state. So what's going to make habitat better for the deer is going to make habitat better for people as well."

The logging is being done with a "feller buncher". Its hydraulic arm has a 900 pound saw blade rotating at over 1 hundred 50 miles per hour. The machine enables a modern logger to be very selective in what is cut.

"We're trying to leave some of the smaller balsam standing so I have to go in and pick out some of the bigger popple and separate that out."

The project's forester recommends the big old trees be harvested before they pass their prime.

"We're starting to see some rot in the stump and they're kind of degraded for wood quality so they were not long for this world, with the wind or just natural mortality, these trees would be on the ground with in a few years."

Instead of falling down the trees will go to a good home, improving habitat for wildlife and humanity, Near Duluth, I'm David Hoole for nature matters.

The timber harvested should produce enough wood to side seven to eight habitat for humanity homes.

Landowners interested in donating to SAF's Forests for Humanity can contact barklounger@gmail.com