Growing the Trees for Tomorrow

Seedlings Tree nurseries managed by forest products companies produce more than 2.5 million seedlings annually, half of which are sold to public agencies and private landowners. Thousands are also given away to community clubs, charitable organizations and youth groups. Timber volume in each of Minnesota's four survey areas has increased substantially.

Nature conducts its own form of harvesting, often unpredictably and on a massive scale. According to the Department of Natural Resources, each year, for every tree harvested, 28 die of natural causes such as insects, disease and fire--events generally occurring when we are least prepared for them. Through modern forest management, we can help change to happen in an orderly way and perpetuate a forest that serves aesthetic, recreational, wildlife and economic needs on an ongoing basis.

Through careful management, timber volume in each of the state's four survey areas has increased substantially since the last survey in 1977. The number of trees measuring 19 or more inches in diameter increased from 14 million in 1977 to 20 million in 1990. Total estimated timber volume standing in Minnesota's forests today is more than twice the volume that stood in 1936.

Each year in Minnesota, far more trees are planted and grown by natural regeneration than are harvested. Because the ongoing health of the forests is essential to the industry's future, planting trees is a way of life. Since 1989, more than 214,000 acres have been reseeded or replanted on Minnesota's public, private and forest industry lands.

Every year these companies plant more than two million seedlings on more than 3,000 acres of northern Minnesota forest land. Through private management assistance programs, the companies help private landowners plant more than 200,000 seedlings annually.