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Forest Management

We manage the forested tribal and allotment lands within the Bois Forte Reservation. The difference between tribal lands and allotment lands is that the allotment lands have heirs that own the resources on them. Some of the management activities we do are:

Forest Stand Development

We often do activites to help certain tree species regenerate after a timber harvest or other disturbance. This ensures a healthy forest for the bois forte people and a reliable supply of forest resources. This can be soil scarification to improve pine regeneration, aerial seeding of a certain species, or brush removal to help tree seedlings compete with bush stump sprouts. To learn about forests and the factors that influence them, click here.

Forest Inventory / Mapping

Figuring out what forests are present is essential to managing them. We have state of the art inventory equipment and established protocols for collecting and analzing forest inventory data. We also create maps from this data that are displayed in the forestry building.

Pest Monitoring

We monitor for forests pests and invasive species in cooperation with APHIS. This includes setting and maintaining emerald ash borer traps, managing species like gypsy moth, and looking for presence of species such as garlic mustard or asian longhorned beetle.

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Timber Harvest Management

We administer timber sales on tribal and allotment land. Although much of the land on the reservation is not tribal or allotment, on tribal and allotment land we schedule timber sales that provide financial benefits to the tribal government and allottees, and to improve the health of the forests. Timber harvests also can reduce fire fuel loads which improves the safety of the Nett Lake area. We administer timber sales so that loggers harvest in a desirable and sustainable manner. Logging also provides jobs for some band members, and in some cases improves wildlife habitat.

Wildlife Habitat Management

Several of the activities we do improve habitat for wildlife; in some areas, this means leaving cedar areas as winter deer yards, while in others it means creating edge habitat to increase the food supply for game species.