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Proceedings of Past Forest Nursery Association Meetings:

Overview of State Land Forest Management in Minnesota
Bob Pajala
1997: Bemidji, MN
Pre-European settlement Minnesota was approximately two-thirds forested. Today the state is approximately one-third forested with some 16.7 million acres of forest land in all ownerships. Some 23% of the current forest is owned by the state. Counties own 16%, the federal government owns 21 %, forest industry owns 8 %, and private woodland owners own 32%. A key feature of the forests of Minnesota is that the forest-prairie interface transects the state from north to south. This puts virtually all of the tree species on the western edge of their range and creates some unique silvicultural challenges for foresters.
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