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Koochiching-Washington Forest Legacy Project

 
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:23 pm    Post subject: Koochiching-Washington Forest Legacy Project Reply with quote

From: http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/index.php/2007/10/03/public-access-ensured-to-51163-acres-in-minnesotas-northwoods/#more-42040

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ST. PAUL, Minn.- Governor Tim Pawlenty announced today that more than 51,000 acres of forest - almost 80 square miles - in Itasca and Koochiching counties have been conserved. State and private money totaling $12 million has been used to purchase a working forest conservation easement that precludes development of the property. This is the single largest conservation project in Minnesota in at least a decade. The agreement will protect jobs, preserve wildlife habitat and guarantee public access for outdoor recreation.

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ghost640
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is good news - the fact that the lands remain open to forestry and recreational use bodes well for geocaching, it will be interesting to see how they sort that out.

It looks particularly good for deep peatland caches, certainly far too few of these out there. Smile
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait a minute.. isn't the governor a Republican?? Wink Wink
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ghost640
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
Wait a minute.. isn't the governor a Republican?? Wink Wink


2% in conservation, 98% free for development...
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merkman
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeppers, the paper companies are slowly pulling out of northern Minnesota and with no one interested in developing the land (since there is nothing there) it is best to sell the forests to the State and let them manage it, with the provision that the companies can still cut the trees of course. Seems like a win win for the paper companies. The big business up north get more and more liquid and the politicians get to claim it saves jobs.
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EskoClimber
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And you had your doubts about the Governor being a Republican.
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EskoClimber wrote:
And you had your doubts about the Governor being a Republican.


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ghost640
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

merkman wrote:
Yeppers, the paper companies are slowly pulling out of northern Minnesota and with no one interested in developing the land (since there is nothing there) it is best to sell the forests to the State and let them manage it, with the provision that the companies can still cut the trees of course. Seems like a win win for the paper companies. The big business up north get more and more liquid and the politicians get to claim it saves jobs.


Some of the land going into these easements is pretty good quality - there is a piece around Sugar Hills that is a great sugar maple & pine system. Under the easement they should be managing these for sawtimber rather than K-Mart brochures, which is a much better use of the land IMHO. But yes, it is a sweet deal for timber companies.

I love those lands where 'nothing's there'! - would like to see them stay that way, since we're really good at being everywhere...
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