Herbicide applications will begin on select state lands in the Two Harbors area as part of reforestation efforts, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Treatments began in July and will continue through approximately Sept. 12.
Aerial herbicide application is being performed on 195 acres of state land in the Two Harbors area. Signs will be posted on all herbicide treatment sites.
“Herbicides are applied to state land to help establish new forests,” explained Anna Heruth, area program forester. “Herbicides help minimize competition between existing vegetation and newly planted trees.”
The DNR plants trees on state lands to reforest harvested areas, provide wildlife habitat, protect watershed values and maintain the quality of state forests. Part of the reforestation process involves applying herbicides to the harvested areas prior to, or following, tree planting. Once a planting site has been prepared, professional foresters determine the tree species appropriate for the site and private contractors hired by the DNR do the actual planting.
More than 4,000 acres of state forest lands are planted and seeded each year.This is equivalent to over 3,000 football fields. This year, in the Two Harbors area alone, DNR foresters have seeded about 400 acres and planted over 700 acres during May. Over 390,000 trees, predominantly pines and spruces have been planted on sites prepared during the past year.
More information about the DNR’s forestry division can be found on the DNR website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry.