Active forest management is critical to meeting all components of our mission. Forest management at CFC is guided by a 10-year Forest Management Plan with harvests that are carried out to meet research, education and outreach objectives. As an example, harvests scheduled in 2014 targeted high-risk sites, provided a demonstration of biomass harvesting in over-mature aspen-birch stands, and showed how to increase resilience to emerald ash borer in ash-dominated wet forests.
The CFC has reserved some 200 acres of designated old-growth in red pine, birch and cedar cover-types. Some of these unique stands contain fire-origin red pine cohorts approaching 200 years old with scattered red pine in excess of 300 years old. Additionally, there are numerous long-term research stands reserved from management activities.
Historical Management Plans:
- Cloquet Forestry Center Forest Management Plan 2002-2011
- Cloquet Forestry Center Forest Management Plan 1992-2001
- Cloquet Forestry Center Forest Management Report (1981-1986)
- Management of the Cloquet forest : second ten-year period (1946)
- The Cloquet Forest : a demonstration of practical forestry in northern Minnesota (1935)
- 1917 Report of Cloquet Forest Experiment Station