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Young forests are important for many species of wildlife, including:
But, young forests grow fast and are only available to wildlife for a short time.
Forest management and other habitat management practices work to make sure wildlife in Minnesota forests stays healthy over the long term.
And they’re doing a great job. In fact, there’s almost twice as much timber in Minnesota forests today as in 1936.*
* U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service
What’s the most common deciduous tree in MN?
This tree is great at naturally reproducing. It also has dense regrowth characteristics and a short life span, which helps create and maintain young forests.
More than 20 species of trees grow in Minnesota, with lifespans as short as 40 years and up to 100 years for Eastern White Pine, Red (Norway) Pine and Northern White Cedar.
Learn more about each tree at:
Just as humans have life spans, trees do, too. Trees die of natural causes such as insects, disease, blowdown and fire, resulting in most of their wood being useless for making products. But removing trees through careful harvesting allows the wood to be made into many products we use every day.View photos
Tree harvesting is one of the most useful and vital ways to keep forests healthy and sustainable, especially since the modern equipment used in the logging process minimizes the impact on the environment.
How many years would it take to harvest all of Minnesota’s forests?
Since less than 1% is harvested each year, it would take over 100 years! But because forests are always replenished after harvesting, the forests will always be here!
Minnesota forests provide paper for books, magazines, brochures, computer printers and more, plus lumber, siding panels and engineered wood products – including oriented strand board, for building homes.
Also made from Minnesota trees are utility poles, pallets, industrial packaging, recycled pulp for many commercial applications, and specialized cellulose, which is used to make textile and consumer goods.
How many products are made from trees?
More than 5,000!
And that includes everything from lumber and paper to smartphone screens, crayons and football helmets!
Textiles (clothing such as rayon)
Food and beverage products
Wash and wipe products
Communication products such as cellphone screens
Filler for Linoleum
*Made from cellulose, oils and resins, the natural wood chemicals that are by-products of the papermaking process.
Source: TAPPI Public Outreach and American Forest & Paper Association
Each of us can help add to Minnesota’s forests by planting a seedling at home or elsewhere. Every year, free seedlings are available at the Minnesota Forest Industries booth at the Minnesota State Fair.
What is the Minnesota state tree?
The Red Pine,
also known as the
Among the most important careers in the forest is that of “forester.” He or she is responsible for planning and producing a healthy and sustainable forest, including such elements as timber, water and wildlife.
Some foresters work for private companies (for example, paper and wood manufacturers), while others work for such government agencies as the Department of Natural Resources or the U.S. Forest Service.
Other career opportunities in the forest include loggers, conservationists, researchers, teachers and more.
Minnesota’s forest products companies help create jobs in how many communities throughout the state?