Research at the Cloquet Forestry Center and Hubachek Wilderness Research Center

Researchers at the Cloquet Forestry Center and Hubachek Wilderness Research Center ask questions about northern forest ecosystems and how we can contribute to their long-term sustainability through a combination of forest management actions and inactions. They ask primary questions about specific ecosystem components, such as, "What kind of trees do Northern long-eared bats prefer for raising their pups?", to more complex, systems-level questions, such as, "How do boreal and temperate tree species behave given current climate conditions and how might these behaviors change over the next 50-100 years?" Some projects are short-term snapshots while others have been periodically measured since 1912.

Every year new projects are initiated and older projects are revisited. Here are a few examples of currently active research:

Our Forest Manager and Research Coordinator oversees research implementation across the lands of the UMN Experimental Forest Network, which includes the Cloquet Forestry Center, Hubachek Wilderness Research Center, the Allred property, and the Boone property. Inquiries about past, present, and future research can be directed his way.

COVID-19 Update

University leadership is providing us guidance and support as we navigate through the COVID-19 situation. To protect the health and safety of our employees and the public, the HWRC is functioning under reduced operations. Research activity will continue in accordance with CFANS and CFC/HWRC policy. If you have research at the HWRC and need information on current protocols, contact Kyle Gill or Beckie Prange. If you need lodging while at the CFC for your research project, contact Stephanie Oberg.

Propose a new project

If you are interested in initiating research at CFC or have other questions related to research and support resources available to researchers please review our project proposal page, contact the CFC Research Coordinator, or write us at

Historical Research Materials

The University of Minnesota Libraries maintains repositories and digital collections that include information on the UMN Cloquet Forestry Center. The following are growing resources for research on the history and activities of the Cloquet Forestry Center since 1909. More non-digital historical research and management records are available on site.

Cloquet Forest Cover Type Map

Cloquet Forestry Center Records on UMedia Archive

CFC Research Papers and Reports thumbnail

University of Minnesota Experimental Forests collection within the University Digital Conservancy

Wood Density and Decay of Pentachlorophenol-Treated Wooden Posts for Four Species in Minnesota, USA Preview

Department of Forest Resources collection within the University Digital Conservancy

Cloquet Forestry Center records preview

Cloquet Forestry Center Records within the University Archives (Andersen Library)

College of Forestry records preview 

College of Forestry Records within the University Archives (Andersen Library)

Cloquet Forestry Center Continuous Forest Inventory Cover Preview

Cloquet Forestry Center data within the Data Repository for University of Minnesota