In a collection of six multimedia Storymaps titled “60 Years at the Cloquet Forestry Center,” Clare Boerigter tells stories of the CFC’s work, people and life from 1960 to 2020. In the collection, Boerigter explores the pioneering work of scientists Isabel Ahlgren and Gordy Gullion, highlights the CFC field sessions, which have educated University of Minnesota forestry students for the past 96 years, and dives into Conservation Education Days, a hands-on learning program which has introduced Carlton County 5th graders to forestry since 1968. To tell these stories, Boerigter interviewed over 40 foresters, land managers, professors, students and Cloquet-area community members, including members of the Fond du Lac Band, on whose reservation the CFC resides. Throughout the collection, audio clips and historical and contemporary photos are integrated into the narratives to help tell these dynamic stories. The collection ends by looking to the future and asking CFC staff and Fond du Lac Band members to envision what changes the coming years will bring to the Cloquet Forestry Center.
Clare Boerigter weaves a compelling narrative about the unique ecology, history and cultural significance of a 44-acre stand of 200+ year-old red pines on the CFC. Drawing on archival and contemporary research, in-depth interviews with local foresters and community members, and video footage, images and descriptions of the stand, this multimedia article tells the story of these red pines while underscoring the powerful relationships which visitors, community members and CFC staff have developed with these ancient trees. These relationships, as well as the stand’s historical, ecological and cultural significance, are set against the backdrop of an undeniable reality: today, Camp 8’s red pines have begun to die, with fire exclusion and climate change advantaging a number of other species over a new generation of red pines.
- The Camp 8 Stand was also featured in a CFANS Spotlight.
Gordon Gullion, Wildlife Biologist at the CFC from 1959 to 1991, played an integral role in the study of ruffed grouse as well as the history of the Ruffed Grouse Society. Read about his life and work in this Ruffled Grouse Society feature.
This interactive Washington Post article about climate change and forest research in northern Minnesota highlights the B4WarmED research project taking place at the CFC and HWRC.
This summer's Cloquet Forestry Center Open House was online in collaboration with CFANS and the UMD Alumni Association. The Open House was on Wednesday, August 19th via Zoom webinar. While not the event we thought we'd offer, it was a lot of fun and brought in alums from around the country and world. View the CFC Open House recording.