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:
- Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger (B4WARMED)
- Fire history and age-structure of old growth red pine stands
- Remote sensing of white spruce masting events
- Impacts of biochar on summer survival and growth of jack pine seedlings
- Exploring the Lichens and Mosses of Minnesota
- Object-based Forest Stand Mapping
- Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship
- Exploring ecological interactions between mountain pine beetle and Minnesota’s native bark beetles
- Better understanding wolf ecology on the Fond du Lac Reservation
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.
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.