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Collaborative Forest Restoration in Northeast MN


This project will improve forest habitat through restoration of conifer and hardwood species on public lands in Northeast Minnesota. This work will be consistent with the Minnesota Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan, which recommends restoration of degraded and rare land features to provide benefits for wildlife, Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SCGN), water quality, and important ecological processes. This project will increase resiliency through enhancement of upland coniferous forest habitat and upland deciduous forest habitat, and improve the quality of a habitat that does not currently meet the criteria of a key habitat. Several SGCN depend on conifer forests including the Canada lynx, Northern Goshawk, Boreal Chickadee, winter wren, and the Oven Bird. The SGCN that would benefit from restoration work in hardwood forests include black throated blue warblers, northern goshawks, and red-backed salamanders.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 03/05/2013 - 06/30/2016

Project Manager Chris Dunham

Grant Recipient The Nature Conservancy

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $400,000

Expended $339,935

Statutory Reference M.L. 2016, Chp. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(K)

Management Unit(s) County

Habitat(s) Forest

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Lake


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 2000 Acres

Measurement 3874 Acres

Target Summary planned acres

Measurement Summary completed acres