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Clear-Cutting Facts and Images
November 18, 1998
Part of Our State, Our Forests
These images below demonstrate how modern timber-harvesting practices screen clear-cut areas from public view. See the story Clear-Cutting Moving Faster Than Timber Reform.
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Clear-cut aspen area.
Photo Courtesy of the Audubon Society

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This aerial of a clear-cut area reflects several visual quality management practices, including natural shaping, large vegetative islands, and a narrow opening into the area that limits visual penetration from the road (lower left).
Photo courtesy of Chippewa National Forest.

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The impact of a highly visible harvest area (upper left) is reduced by the use of narrow openings into the harvest are (lower right). A vegetative island further blocks the view into the harvest area.
Image courtesy of DNR

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Shaping clear-cuts to resemble natural openings (above) is visually pleasing than geometric clear-cut areas (below). The top opening also uses a vegetative island o reduce apparent size from the road.
Image courtesy of DNR

Yearly wood harvest

Minnesota Total Wood Harvest - Millions of cords by year.
Drop for the years 1995 and 1996 reflects a 300,000 cord decrease in DNR estimates of wood burned for fuel.

Yearly wood-pulp production

Minnesota Pulpwood Production - Millions of cords (unpeeled) by year.

Read more in Mary Losure's story
Clear-Cutting Moving Faster Than Timber Reform.

Illustrations: Visual Quality Best Management Practices for Forest Management in Minnesota, May 1994. Illustrator: Susan M. Davies