The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around August 15th on 33 acres north of Shannon Lake in the Sturgeon River State Forest.
Herbicides are a way to control competing vegetation on newly established forests and help reforestation.
“Herbicides will be sprayed on the ground to reduce competing woody vegetation to Jack Pine seedlings on this site,” said Jon Splinter, DNR area program forester. “This allows the tree seedlings a better chance to grow and survive.”
Herbicides will not be applied within 100 feet of any water body, following DNR herbicide application guidelines.
Signs will be posted on all herbicide treatment sites. Adjacent landowners within a quarter mile of the treatment sites have been notified.
The DNR plants trees on state lands to reforest harvested areas, provide wildlife habitat, protect watersheds and maintain healthy state forests. Part of the reforestation process involves applying herbicides to the harvested areas prior to or following tree planting. DNR foresters determine the right tree species for the site and private contractors do the actual planting.
This past spring in the Hibbing area, the Division of Forestry planted more than 150,000 seedlings on more than 200 acres, and 128 acres were seeded. 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.