DNR will spray herbicide to improve reforestation

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts.
Applications will begin around July 15 and continue through approximately Sept. 15 to 70 acres.
“Herbicides will be sprayed on the ground to reduce competing woody vegetation,” said Dave Sopoci, Tower area forester. “This gives the tree seedlings a better chance to grow and survive.”
Herbicides will not be applied within 100 feet of any water body.
Signs will be posted on all herbicide treatment sites. Adjacent landowners within a quarter mile of the treatment sites have already been notified.
The DNR plants trees on state lands to reforest harvested areas, provide wildlife habitat, protect watersheds and maintain healthy state forests.
Part of the reforestation process involves applying herbicides to the harvested areas prior to or following tree planting. DNR foresters determine the right tree species for the site and private contractors do the actual planting.
This past spring in the Tower area, the Division of Forestry planted more than 240,000 seedlings on more than 300 acres, and 130 acres were seeded. Statewide, more than 3.7 million seedlings were planted on state forest lands and more than 4,000 acres were seeded this year.
For additional information on sites treated with herbicide in the Tower area, contact Tower Forestry at 218-757-3274.