Herbicide applications in Cloquet Area to help reforestation

Herbicide applications will begin on select state lands in the Cloquet Area as part of reforestation efforts, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Treatments will begin early August and continue through approximately mid-September.

Aerial and ground broadcast herbicide applications are planned for this summer on 140 acres on 5 tracts of state land in the Cloquet Valley State Forest. This is one of several operations to control vegetation on newly established forests after logging.

“Herbicides are applied to state land to help establish new forests by minimizing competition between existing vegetation and newly planted trees,” said Robert Slater, DNR Forestry assistant supervisor for the Cloquet area.

Signs will be posted on all herbicide treatment sites. Adjacent landowners within a quarter mile have already been notified.

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, DNR foresters determine the tree species appropriate for the site and private contractors do the actual planting.

This past spring the Forestry Division planted or seeded 500 acres in the Cloquet Forestry Area to a mixture of pine and spruce. Statewide, more than 2.2 million seedlings were planted on state forest lands and more than 4,000 acres were seeded this year.

More information about the DNR’s Forestry Division can be found on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/forestry.