At the turn of the century, much of Minnesota's northern forest was leveled by logging and massive fires. Now the state is in the midst of a second extensive round of cutting, to supply new and expanded mills that have sprung up since the early 1980s. In the years since the mill expansions began, timber harvesting in Minnesota has increased more than 60 percent, to the highest levels since 1909. Slowly, the face of Minnesota's northern forests is changing.
In this series of reports, Minnesota Public Radio examines what these changes mean for the state's timber industry, trees, and wildlife.
Audio and text from the MPR Newsroom.
Live Remote Broadcast from Duluth
A History of Timbering in Minnesota
Profile of a Logging Family
Today's Timber Industry
Clear-Cutting Changes Wildlife Habitat
Clear-Cutting Moving Faster than Timber Reform
Rare Raptor May Restrict Clear-Cutting