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Field trip showcases timber harvest potential of state forestSubmitted: 06/17/2015
Story By Ben Meyer

Field trip showcases timber harvest potential of state forest
ARBOR VITAE - The Northern Highland American Legion State Forest in northern Wisconsin makes about $4 million every year from timber harvest on its lands.

A relatively small amount of land is left completely untouched. But more than 70 percent of forest land is eligible for harvest. Many of the 230,000 acres of state forest are easy to access for loggers.

"The Northern Highland, being sandy and gravelly, can accommodate logging year-round, almost. It's really good ground to work in," said Northern Highland American Legion State Forest forestry team supervisor Jeff Olsen on a field trip this month.


People in the Northwoods saw examples of an active timber harvest during the field trip. The trip was organized by Science on Tap in Minocqua. The tour highlighted different types of forest management in the area.

People learned that actions in the state forest are governed by its master plan.

"The master plan document guides the provisions of the forest, what our goals, visions, objectives are, and what we're able to do on the property," Olsen said.

The timber sale viewed on the trip, called the Border Creek Spring sale, covers 73 acres.

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