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60 Years at the Cloquet Forestry Center

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.

view looking up the trunk of a red pine tree surrounded by several other red pines

The Camp 8 Story

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.


View From The Woods 2021

January 18, 2022

This annual newsletter highlights some of the teaching, research, and outreach of the past year conducted at the Cloquet Forestry Center and the Hubachek Wilderness Research Center. 

Not all fire is bad: A short film honors Indigenous ways of knowing

November 22, 2021

Cloquet Forestry Center researcher Lane Johnson contributed to the creation of a 16-minute documentary titled Oshkigin | Spirit of Fire, which features two local tribal fire specialists—Damon Panek and Vern Northrup.

Dennis Anderson: A reminder that the ecosystem is dependent on periodic forest fires

September 18, 2021

Lane Johnson, Research Forester with the UMN Cloquet Forestry Center weighs in on why fire is a natural part of an ecological process. Read the full article in The Frederick News-Post.

Jobs, forest and climate: Wood products plant welcomed in northern Minnesota

July 1, 2021

A new forest products plant opening near Grand Rapids could have important benefits for climate change, which may seem counter-intuitive. After all, trees pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. So how could cutting down more trees help the climate? Professor and Extension Specialist Eli Sagor weighs in. Read the full MPR story.

BWCA fire researchers featured in new Gunflint Trail exhibit at Chik-Wauk

May 28, 2021

Tree-ring fire history research by Lane Johnson, Research Forester with the UMN Cloquet Forestry Center, and his colleagues is featured in a new interpretive exhibit at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail, outside of Grand Marais, MN. Read the article and listen to the radio segment at WTIP North Shore Community Radio, Cook County, Minnesota.

CFC a discussion point as U confronts troubled history with tribes

April 8, 2021

The University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center was highlighted in the Star Tribune on Sunday, April 4th as one example of statewide dialogue between Minnesota’s tribal communities and the University of Minnesota.

University researchers look into ways to help forests adapt to the climate crisis

February 12, 2021

Dr. Marcella Windmuller-Campione, Assistant Professor of Silviculture with the Department of Forest Resources and her team are researching how biochar could ultimately help forests in Minnesota combat drought caused by the climate crisis. Read the full story in The Minnesota Daily.

Star Island Fire History

February 25, 2021

A research partnership that includes Lane Johnson, CFC Research Forester, was highlighted on page 6 in the January 2021 Debahjimon: Newspaper of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

Gordon Gullion: Sage of the Ruffed Grouse

October 30, 2020

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 Ruffed Grouse Society feature.

In fast-warming Minnesota, scientists are trying to plant the forests of the future

April 29, 2020

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.