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Minnesota: Louisiana-Pacific Is Mystery Company Receiving $66M In Public Financing

Minnesota: Louisiana-Pacific Is Mystery Company Receiving $66M In Public Financing | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it
State lawmakers finally revealed the identity of the home siding company after securing a deal to have a $440 million plant constructed in Hoyt Lakes. The months-long mystery behind which home siding company would be receiving a $66 million subsidy package from the state has finally been made public.

Louisiana-Pacific will construct a $440 million plant in Hoyt Lakes. This is the Nashville-based company’s second operation in the state (the other being in Two Harbors).

The Hoyt Lakes site will employ 250 people, amounting to roughly $264,000 in state funding per job created. The Duluth News Tribune notes that many of those employees will be loggers and felled tree transporters, a group of workers that has struggled to find employment following years of board plant closures and layoffs at paper mills in the area.

The new plant will also source its wood products from Minnesota. LP is currently estimating its take to be 800,000 cords per year (one cord equals 128 cubic feet of wood) or about 200 logging trucks each day.
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Judge: Timberland value plummets after conservation easement

Judge: Timberland value plummets after conservation easement | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it
More than 187,000 acres of forest in Minnesota fetches a lower price when you have to sell it all in one chunk.

That was the ruling this month of a Minnesota Tax Court judge who rejected the land appraisals from four Minnesota counties and delivered a victory to UPM Blandin, which owns the giant baby blue paper mill in Grand Rapids.

The judge ruled that Blandin’s forest — restricted by a conservation easement with the state — is worth about one-eighth the collective value quoted by the county’s assessors.

As a result, the tax base will decline in four counties; Itasca County, where most of the land is, will be hit hardest. The ruling also sets precedent for how swaths of forest in state conservation easements will be valued and taxed in the future.
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Hundreds of loggers/truckers hold protest over pay at Boise Paper Mill

Hundreds of loggers/truckers hold protest over pay at Boise Paper Mill | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

In protest of wages, the loggers behind close to 200 trucks chose to not deliver wood to Boise Paper Mill in International Falls, Minn., on Thursday.


The protest participants reflect about 95% of the semis that deliver timber to Boise, according to "Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota" spokespeople.


Loggers and Truckers Executive Director Scott Dane says the protest stems from Boise's refusal to negotiate adequate adjustments in the price paid to loggers for timber.

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As fungus kills bats, MN timber industry winces

As fungus kills bats, MN timber industry winces | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

A cave fungus that’s killing millions of bats across the country is threatening to become a big problem for Minnesota’s timber industry.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide next spring whether to add the northern long-eared bat, which is being wiped out in places by the disease called white nose syndrome, to the endangered species list.

Such a decision would trigger a blanket prohibition against killing the bats, even accidentally. That would halt logging in much of the country during warm months, when the little animals roost in the forest and raise their vulnerable young in trees.


Only an estimated 5,000 of the bats live across a wide area of Minnesota, but national efforts to protect the species raise the specter of a showdown between regulators and businesses dependent on cutting down trees. Road and pipeline projects could be affected, and an end to summer logging would cut off crucial supply lines for sawmills and paper and strand-board mills.

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2014 webinars from University of Minnesota

2014 webinars from University of Minnesota | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it
REITs, TIMOs, and changing industrial forestry

Tuesday, January 21 from 9:00-10:00am

How has industrial forestry changed because of the shift in corporate structure? Minnesota industrial forests have seen a large turnover in ownerships in recent years with investment companies purchasing large tracts of Minnesota forestlands. This webinar will and how industrial forestry has changed because of the shift in corporate structure. Samuel J. Radcliffe will explain the changes in ownership and the difference between real estate investment trusts (REITs) and timber investment management organizations (TIMOs).


Speaker:  Samuel J. Radcliffe, Prentiss & Carlisle Management Company

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Jack D Bridges's curator insight, December 14, 2013 7:50 PM

This will be my first U of Minnesota webinar--and it should be a good one. Put Jan 21 at 9am on the calendar, and get ready to learn! 

This won't be on the agenda, but here is one subject I would ask about: How CALPERs expects to manage a $2B timberland portfolio with a part-time employee? Is it any wonder their performance numbers are lousy (and their portfolio construction seems, well, very Bush-league, considering their over-allocation to the US South).

 

If I could construct a model showing buying $2B worth of Plum Creek which is also heavily weighted below the Mason Dixon (and collecting the 3%+ dividend) versus their returns net of fees, it would be an interesting comparison. The conclusion: There are far better ways to invest in timberland, especially for such a massive buy-side institution.

 

Anyway, please listen in to Mr. Radcliffe's talk on January 21st. It will be an hour well spent. 

JDB

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Cloquet paper mill shifts its focus to textiles

Cloquet paper mill shifts its focus to textiles | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

The largest paper mill in Minnesota is now churning out a type of pulp used to make textiles.


In a hopeful sign for the state’s forest industries, Sappi Fine Paper in Cloquet announced this week that its $170 million conversion to making pulp for clothing has been successful. The mill in September reached its daily goal of producing 1,050 tons of what’s known as chemical cellulose.


The pulp, which is the hottest forest industry product on the market, is generally sold to textile mills in Asia, blended with other materials and made into thread. Fast-growing demand for the product has outlined one possible future for a forestry industry struggling with the terminal decline of the paper market.

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Wisconsin wood quarantine could hurt Minnesota timber industry

Wisconsin wood quarantine could hurt Minnesota timber industry | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

The discovery of the emerald ash borer in northwestern Wisconsin has led to a quarantine on transporting wood that could become an issue for Minnesota mills.

A Minnesota Public Radio report says the quarantine prohibited moving firewood from outside of Wisconsin's Douglas County. But it's also kept the region's timber industry from transporting unprocessed ash trees.

Jon Harris of the county's forestry department says loggers and mills alike will feel a level of pain from the quarantine.

The Sappi mill in Cloquet, Minn., has stopped buying Douglas County ash for now. Mill manager Gary Erickson says a limited quarantine is manageable, but there could be challenges if the quarantine area expands.

Duluth officials say it's only a matter of time before the invasive insect crosses into Minnesota.

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Millions at stake in Blandin, counties property tax debate

Millions at stake in Blandin, counties property tax debate | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

A case currently working its way through tax court in Minnesota will determine the value of about 187,000 acres of forestland owned by Grand Rapids-based Blandin Paper Company. That determination, in turn, will be used to calculate property taxes for multiple parcels located in Itasca, Atikin, Koochiching and St. Louis counties.


The counties and the paper company are at odds over Blandin’s tax bill. The disputes date back to 2010 and pit one type of valuation methodology against another - with a difference in the millions.


Blandin Paper Co., owned by Finnish-based UPM, made numerous filings in 2010, 2011 and 2012, challenging its land values, according to information from the tax court and the Itasca County Attorney’s Office. Many of those individual filings have been consolidated for trial.

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Adding another dimension to the case is the fact that the lands in question were moved into a voluntary easement program in 2010. The deal, signed by the paper company and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, was negotiated in part by the Conservation Fund. The agreement put the Blandin lands into a permanent easement, preventing fragmentation, but remaining open to public recreational use and in use as working forestland for ongoing timber supply.

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According to court documents, both before and after appraisals were obtained as part of the easement negotiation process. The Sewell Appraisals, which are at the heart of the tax case, assessed the land value by analyzing its value as a single economic unit. The paper company contends that this single economic unit method should be used for its valuations. The counties, however, argue this single economic unit method is unlawful under Minnesota statute for calculating property taxes.

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Valuation differences using the two calculation methods are significant.


In 2010, the difference in Itasca County alone amounts to a $131 million reduction in valuation. That number jumps to $154 million in 2011 – due, according to Itasca County documents, from the lands moving into the conservation easement.


“For the 2011 assessment, Blandin continues to assert its ‘single economic unit’ methodology, and in addition asserts that the conservation easement they put on the property in 2010 further reduces its value. Their value conclusion for the Itasca parcels applying both assertions is $21,684,298 – an 88 percent reduction in value,” reads the report to the Northern Minnesota Land Use Planning Board.


The Itasca County assessor concludes that if Blandin is successful in tax court, the total tax loss to Itasca County would amount to $2.3 million for 2010 and 2011 as well as an additional loss of $1.2 million for 2012 taxes (payable 2013).

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Although the case won’t head to trail until later this year, the tax court denied a request from the counties to exclude the Sewell Appraisals from evidence. The counties had contended that the assessment methodology used is unlawful for the purpose of calculating property taxes. The four counties also requested summary judgment. Minnesota Tax Court denied both petitions.


Now, another round of legal assessment will be necessary to determine the lands’ value.


Itasca County Attorney Jack Muhar said the trial is scheduled for Sept. 23 to Oct. 4. 

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Boise to cut 300 jobs, close 2 paper machines in International Falls

Boise to cut 300 jobs, close 2 paper machines in International Falls | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Northern Minnesota’s wood products industry woes continued in a big way today when Boise Inc. announced it will close two of its four paper machines at its International Falls mill resulting in 300 jobs being permanently eliminated.

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Boise will retain about 580 employees at the mill running two paper machines producing uncoated white office paper and producing the pulp that’s made into paper, Virginia Aulin, Boise vice president of human resources and corporate affairs, told the News Tribune this morning.


"We will no longer have to buy pulp to make our paper in International Falls," Aulin said.

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Earlier this year, Wisconsin-based Wausau Paper says it is closing its Brainerd mill and eliminating 134 jobs because of stiff global competition in overseas markets where the company was trying to expand.


Last August, Georgia-Pacific announced it would permanently close its Duluth hardboard plant, putting 141 employees out of work.


Since 2008, three oriented strand board manufacturing mills closed in Grand Rapids, Bemidji and Cook with a loss of hundreds of jobs. In Deerwood, 158 jobs were lost when Weyerhaeuser closed its strand lumber plant. And last year the Verso Paper Mill in Sartell closed for good after a deadly Memorial Day explosion and fire. It had already shed 175 jobs in late 2011 and the closure meant 260 more layoffs.


Sam Radcliffe's insight:

The story says the Boise closing should hurt the logging industry, but it appears Boise will still be making the same tonnage of pulp and therefore require the same tonnage of pulpwood.


Thanks to Bob Hedburg (http://linkd.in/133tlvp) for bringing this story to our attention.

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MN receives donation of forest land from The Nature Conservancy

MN receives donation of forest land from The Nature Conservancy | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently accepted a donation of 2,751 acres of land in Cass County in north-central Minnesota from The Nature Conservancy. The property is adjacent to more than 200,000 acres of land owned by the county, the DNR and the U.S. Forest Service.

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The property contains mixed forests of pine, hardwoods, small ponds and wetlands and more than 3,000 feet of shoreline on Camp Lake. More than half of the property is within the Leech Lake watershed. The land includes more than five miles of grant-in-aid snowmobile trails. The donation will bring about more opportunities for hunting, fishing and paddling along undeveloped shoreline, hiking, bird watching and other activities.

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The Potlatch Corp. previously owned and managed the property and The Nature Conservancy acquired it in May. The nonprofit acquired the property with $3.1 million in private money raised as part of the Minnesota Forest Legacy Partnership, a coalition that includes business and conservation groups, along with the DNR. The groups have worked together to conserve more than 338,000 acres of industrial forest land to provide wildlife habitat, protect jobs and ensure public access for outdoor recreation.

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Bioenergy could bring new life to shuttered mill

Bioenergy could bring new life to shuttered mill | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

There may be hope for the shuttered Ainsworth lumber mill in Grand Rapids, which closed three years ago, a victim of the housing market crash and the Great Recession.


The J.M. Longyear company of Marquette, Mich., has signed a purchase agreement for the 120-acre site, and will take control of the mill in 2014. Company officials have been tight-lipped about their intentions, but some wood and timber experts predict it could become part of an emerging bioenergy industry.

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Agreement will keep Molpus forest tracts open to hunters, snowmobilers - for now

Two Northland legislators say they’ve brokered a tentative agreement with Minnesota’s largest private landowner to maintain public access to the company’s land for hunters and snowmobilers through next spring.


In the wake of a change in Minnesota tax law for forested land, Mississippi-based Molpus Woodlands Group had put up “Keep Out” signs on access roads across much of the thousands of acres of land it owns in northern St. Louis County. The move came after the state Legislature cut a tax break the company received for conducting sustainable forestry and allowing public access from more than $2 million to $100,000.


Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, and Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said in a news release Thursday that they “have reached a tentative agreement with Molpus … that will provide for public access to Molpus land for the duration of 2012 and continuing through the close of the 2013 legislative session.”

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Molpus became owners of 286,000 acres of Minnesota forest in July when it purchased the land from Forest Capital Partners, which more than a decade ago had acquired the land holdings of Boise Cascade Co. Molpus is operated as a land investment company to return profits to investors from timber sales and other revenue off the land.

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Access to Molpus forest becomes leverage in tax law fight

Access to Molpus forest becomes leverage in tax law fight | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Much of northeast Minnesota -- long a playground for hunters, hikers, snowmobilers and ATV riders -- is in danger of being locked up, as the state's largest private property owner calls the Legislature's bluff over taxes on its forestland.


Stinging from a decision by lawmakers in 2010 to change the state's Sustainable Forestry Incentives Act, Molpus Woodlands Group of Jackson, Miss., has erected about 16 gates across roads in Koochiching and St. Louis counties, promising to seal off most motorized travel on hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails and back roads leading to private cabins and hunting outposts.

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"There's not enough money in growing and selling timber anymore,'' said Craig Halla of International Falls, who manages the lands. "If you have to sell 60,000 cords of aspen a year just to pay your taxes, there's something wrong.''

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Northern Minnesota loggers: ‘Current weather is killing us’

Northern Minnesota loggers: ‘Current weather is killing us’ | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it
An unusually warm winter is cutting down on the logging industry’s prospects entering 2016.


But in early 2015, when the winter months produced the usual bitter cold temperatures in northern Minnesota, business was more than good.
Scott Dane, executive director for the Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota, called it one of the industry’s best years in close to a decade because mill inventories were low and demand was high. Considerably lower fuel prices also kept costs down.


“That was good news, it was nice to see a good season for loggers,” Dane said. “However, as we go into next winter, this current weather is killing us.”


Loggers typically need a series of days at 10-below zero to establish the frozen ground in the swamps and woods. Without that, the soft timber tracks have prevented companies from reaching winter stock, and he said anyone in the woods now is getting a head start on cutting summer wood.


The good news of the warmer weather is that if and when temperatures hit the sweet spot, mills will be in need of inventory right away.

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Deer hunters seek $19 million to save forest

Deer hunters seek $19 million to save forest | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it
The conversion of thousands of acres of central Minnesota’s pine forests to potato fields has sparked environmental concern.

Communities, citizens and state officials are worried the transformation is polluting and depleting aquifers.

But there’s another worry: loss of wildlife habitat.

In response, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) is proposing a novel and ambitious $19 million plan to buy about 10,000 acres of forest from Potlatch Corp. in Cass, Wadena and Hubbard counties to prevent their conversion to cropland, reopen them for public hunting and allow people to use them to access thousands of acres of other public lands.
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Minnesota firewood shortage 'unprecedented', timber exec says

Minnesota firewood shortage 'unprecedented', timber exec says | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

If the first wave of crisp autumn air has you thinking about buying your firewood load to burn this winter, think again. Crimped by a wet spring and summer that kept loggers out of the woods, and on the heels of last year's long, hard winter that saw woodpiles dwindle to nothing, loggers and firewood suppliers say they just don't have any seasoned wood to sell this fall.

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The shortage of wood has hit paper mills, too, with loggers unable to bring in their usual summer supply. Wayne Brandt, executive vice president of the Minnesota Timber Producers Association industry group, called the wood shortage "unprecedented." Wood supplies that dwindle annually in the spring, when conditions are too wet for loggers' equipment, never improved during the summer. "I can't recall any time where it's gone this long, over a pretty broad area, where they couldn't get into the woods. It just kept raining,'' Brandt said.


The industry called on state, federal and county land managers to check future timber sales for land that might be more accessible to log now. "They've helped a lot ... and things have improved a little in the last few weeks," Brandt said.


Mike Schultz, managing director of the Sappi Fine Paper mill in Cloquet, called it "one of the most challenging years that I can recall for wood procurement'' but said the mill has had enough to keep operating. "Our supplies are lower than we're comfortable with,'' he said. "But we haven't run out."
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If you can find firewood for sale, you'll probably have to buy large quantities. And expect to pay more than in recent years -- probably about $200 per logger cord for delivered maple or oak, often with a three-cord minimum.
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And the shortage of wood at mills has pushed up the price companies are willing to pay, luring loggers away from selling to firewood customers and instead taking it to the mills. "The mills have been paying us more, and it's a lot easier to deliver to their wood yards, so any wood the guys can get is going to the mills,'' Flannery said. "It's not leaving much for people to burn."

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Minnesota forests changing with the climate, study shows

Minnesota forests changing with the climate, study shows | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Minnesota's northern forests are expected to look vastly different a century from now -- with fewer spruce, tamarack and fir trees and more maple, oak and basswood -- due to a warming climate.


That's the finding of a major new study headed by the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station and released Thursday.


The study took an in-depth look at some 23.5 million acres of forest across northern Minnesota and describes both the effects of climate change that have already been observed as well as projections on what continued warming is expected to do.


The findings, which echo what many scientists already have said, are that trees already at the southern end of their range will do poorly -- including balsam fir, aspen, white spruce and tamarack.

Tree species at the northern edge of their range will do better -- including basswood, black cherry, white pine, red maple, sugar maple and white oak.


According to the report's findings, significant changes in Minnesota's climate have been documented over the past century. On average, northern Minnesota forests are seeing less snowfall but more severe winter storms. Meanwhile, minimum and maximum temperatures have been increasing across all seasons, with winter temperatures rising the most. Rainfall in the spring and fall has increased, with more of that precipitation occurring in downpours of 3 inches or more.
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The 240-page report predicts:

  • Temperature increases will lead to longer growing seasons in northern Minnesota forests.
  • The number of heavy precipitation events will continue to increase in northern Minnesota, and impacts from flooding and soil erosion may also become more damaging.
  • Forests may experience more drought stress during the growing season, as well as increased risk of forest fires and an increase in forest pests and invasive species.
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Audit: Minnesota sustainable forestry program lacks oversight, should be changed or scrapped

Audit: Minnesota sustainable forestry program lacks oversight, should be changed or scrapped | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

There is so little oversight of a state program that has spent $44 million promoting sustainable forestry on private land that lawmakers should make significant changes to it or scrap it altogether, Minnesota's legislative auditor said Tuesday.


The Sustainable Forest Incentive Program was created in 2001 to encourage good forestry on private land by locking in agreements for at least eight years that require landowners to submit and abide by sustainable forest management plans. In return, they get incentive payments set at a flat $7 per acre. About 2,300 landowners participated this year, with over 737,000 enrolled acres. The idea behind the payments was to offset property taxes on private forest land, thus encouraging landowners not to develop it.


But Legislative Auditor James Nobles' report said lawmakers should consider ending the program and identifying better ways of encouraging sustainable forestry. The findings follow Gov. Mark Dayton's recent calls for next year's legislative session to focus on eliminating old, unneeded laws and programs.


Nobles told an oversight subcommittee his office "is not criticizing the concept of sustainable forest management. We are simply questioning whether this particular tool ... has been designed and implemented in a way that ensures that we are achieving measurable results."

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In central Minnesota, potatoes are pushing out forest land

In central Minnesota, potatoes are pushing out forest land | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Agriculture is eating into central Minnesota’s forests so aggressively that state regulators and a prominent legislator are sounding the alarm about threats to wildlife habitat and a large, sensitive aquifer that stretches below parts of four counties.


The latest case is a 1,500-acre project in Cass County, which triggered a contentious legislative hearing last month over the owner’s plans to grow potatoes for McDonald’s and other customers on land that was covered with trees just 10 years ago.


In recent years, 5,000 to 6,000 acres of pine forests in Cass, Wadena and neighboring counties have been cleared for chemically intensive row-crop agriculture, and state officials say nearly 100 square miles of timber land now owned by Potlatch Corp. is at risk as the company divests itself of commercial forests in Minnesota.


Similar tensions could face the entire state faces as it copes with persistent water contamination and overuse, regulators say. The risk is especially worrisome along the border between traditional farm lands and the forested areas in central Minnesota, where contaminants can percolate straight through sandy soils into groundwater, and from there to trout streams and popular lakes.

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Minnesota: St. Louis County, DNR ready to make land trade

Minnesota: St. Louis County, DNR ready to make land trade | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

A land exchange is in the works that would put the nation’s single largest wetland “bank” in the Sax-Zim Bog of St. Louis County, one of the state’s most important bird conservation areas.


Under the deal, a private wetland mitigation company would acquire and rehabilitate some 22,000 acres of former swampland in the Sax-Zim Bog area near Meadowlands to its original, pre-settlement condition before ditches drained the fields for farming.


In exchange, St. Louis County and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which now manage the swampland, would get thousands of acres of upland forest land.

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The deal is being brokered by The Conservation Fund, one of the nation’s largest land conservation organizations. No price tag has been put on the deal, since the private forest land has yet to be acquired, but those involved say it’s worth multiple millions of dollars.


The Conservation Fund would buy the forested land from private parties, trade it to the county and DNR for the swampland, and then sell the ditched swampland to Ecosystem Investment Partners.


The company would then restore the wetlands and recoup its costs by selling credits to developers, road builders, mining projects and other projects that have to replace wetlands lost in construction.

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MN DNR: Land Transaction in Lake County Will Protect Working Forest

MN DNR: Land Transaction in Lake County Will Protect Working Forest | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

A new 10,581 acre conservation easement in Lake County will boost Minnesota's role as a national leader in protecting forests, according to the Minnesota DNR.


The DNR and Marlow Timberland, a privately-held timberland holding company in Duluth, recently reached agreement on the easement, which stays in place permanently.


The agreement requires public access to the land for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation.


While Marlow Timberland maintains ownership of the land, the company must manage it using sustainable forest management methods. The forest land contains diverse, northern forest types and wetlands with nearly one mile of shoreline on three lakes and almost nine miles of stream and river miles.

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MN timber sales and prices continue weak

MN timber sales and prices continue weak | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Area paper mills continue to have an oversupply of timber after Verso Paper in Sartell closed following a catastrophic fire last summer.


At the Nov. 6 board meeting, Land Commissioner Josh Stevenson said the downturn in timber sales and prices continued at the Oct. 25 timber auction. Out of 17 tracts offered, only five sold. The average per cord price was $15.91, compared to $27 to $28 per cord earlier this year. Nevertheless, Stevenson said the price Cass County is getting is consistent with neighboring counties.


“Markets are saturated,” Stevenson stated. “The [timber] yard on the south end of Bemidji is filled, and until that bubble [of timber] makes its way through, we can expect this at sales throughout the winter.”

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$50 Million Minnesota Experiment to Study Effects of Climate Change

$50 Million Minnesota Experiment to Study Effects of Climate Change | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Researchers are hoping that a first of its kind experiment in Northeastern Minnesota will provide new information on the effects of climate change.


Construction is underway on the $50 million project, called SPRUCE (Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change). The project is located in the Marcell Experimental Forest, north of Grand Rapids.

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Once up and running, the experiment will slowly heat 12 to 16 transparent chambers, which will be about 30 feet tall and 40 feet in diameter. The scientists will slowly heat the chambers to various temperatures, measuring how the entire ecosystem, from soil to treetops, responds to elevated temperatures and carbon dioxide levels.


"This tower resides in the center of those chambers and represents the means by which we can document how warm our little plot of ecosystem has become," said Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher, Paul Hanson, of a large tower, waiting to be placed in the area where the chambers will eventually be.

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Wildfire Near Red Lake Threatens Private Land, Timber Resources

Wildfire Near Red Lake Threatens Private Land, Timber Resources | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

The largest fire of several burning in northwestern Minnesota continues to burn over 24,700 acres.


According to our Partners at Minnesota Public Radio, The North Minnie fire near Red Lake threatens private land, timber resources, a major power line and a few private hunting cabins in Beltrami Island State Forest.

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