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Great Lakes Article:

Protect the Border Lakes
01/29/2002

From Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness:

DNR Forestry is going through Forestry planning by "sub-sections". The state forest lands around Voyageurs NP and the BWCAW are undergoing this planning. DNR has named this the "Border Lakes" sub-section. Please take a moment to look over our Talking Points and visit the DNR "Border Lakes" website. Then contact DNR Forestry with your comments!

*** ** DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2002 ** ***

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/subsection/border_lakes/index.html DNR "Border Lakes" SFRMP webpage. (info, plans, documents)

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/subsection/border_lakes/form.html

*** SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS via THIS WEBPAGE ***

DNR "Border Lakes" comment webpage</a - please sign your name & address. if you don't want bulky paper mailings, ask to be on email list or no list at all. - send your comments. Feel free to use the Talking Points, below.

TALKING POINTS ABOUT "Border Lakes" SFRMP

definition of terms:

SFRMP (sa-frump?) = Subsection Forest Resource Management Planning

BIODIVERSITY: Why isn't this addressed? Please address it. Its a policy for

DNR Forests, Minn. Statutes, Chapter 89.

REGULATED FOREST: This harms biodiversity. It is not in the "Range of Natural Variation". It will lead to wildlife declines or extinctions for species that must have older growth habitat. Lets have less regulated / more biodiversity

LANDSCAPES: There is no landscape context even though this was supposed to be a "landscape" plan. No future forest goals specific numbers for landscape are stated. please give landscape context

OLD FORESTS: (aka Extended Rotation Forest - ERF). The writing cannot be understood. It doesnt make sense. The idea given does not make sense for ecology or management.

DESIRED FUTURE FOREST CONDITION (DFFC) - How do these goal relate to Landscape goals of MFRC's (minn. forest resource council) N.E. Landscape Region's landscape goals?

ASPEN CONVERSION - This is a good goal and direction. Will it be enough, though? Forest is too heavy with Aspen. Like the natural succession from Aspen/Birch to Conifers. Like conversion from Aspen/Birch to Conifers. Opppose herbicide use. Like harvest timing that takes advantage of natural Conifer seeding

WHITE PINE - Like the plan to encourage & increase White Pine understory.

SUSTAINABILITY - Like that Forest sustainability is mentioned. Note "meeting needs of the present" does NOT mean over-harvest.

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