Search User Login Menu
Tools
Close
Close

Lake Superior News

Lake Superior News provides news for the Lake Superior Region including Grand Marais, Duluth, Houghton, Sault St. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Thunder Bay, Ontario and communities in the Lake Superior Region. Serving Cook County, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin, Ontario
 

Lake Superior Latest News

Witnessing Airplane Crash on Patrol 0 Public Safety
Robert McKenzie

Witnessing Airplane Crash on Patrol

PEMBINA NORTH DAKOTA ~~~  July 9, 2020  (LSN)   On July 9, 2020, at approximately 8:00 a.m., a Grand Forks Sector Border Patrol Agent assigned to the Pembina Station witnessed an airplane crash in a field while on patrol...
TOP ONTARIO SOCCER STAR BUSTED 0 Sports
James Brown

TOP ONTARIO SOCCER STAR BUSTED

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  July 9, 2020 (LSN)  Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers made a big drug bust on Tuesday July 7,2020 arresting a top Ontario soccer star and a local.  Officers arrested both the man and...
Edmonton cuts police budget by $11M 0 Public Safety
James Brown

Edmonton cuts police budget by $11M

EDMONTON, ALBERTA  ~~~  July 9, 2020  (LSN)  The socialist Edmonton city council has voted to defund the police by about $11 million. After hosting public hearings on policing, Council may not have looked closely at...
COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act 0 Economy
Robert McKenzie

COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act

TORONTO, ONTARIO  ~~~  July 8, 2020 (LSN)  Today, we introduced the #COVID19 Economic Recovery Act, proposed legislation that lays the foundation to restart the economy, strengthen communities and create...
Home Invasion Attacked while sleeping 0 Crime
James Brown

Home Invasion Attacked while sleeping

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  July 8, 2020 (LSN)  “An act of extreme violence that shows utter disregard for human life. A cowardly act, considering the victim was sleeping and defenceless” - Justice Frank...

No content

A problem occurred while loading content.

Previous Next

Public Safety

TBFRS deploys the Harbour Rescue Boat

TBFRS deploys the Harbour Rescue Boat

rescue a 23’ Bayliner without power.

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  July  9, 2020 (LSN)  At just after 11:00am the TBFRS Harbour Rescue 1 was launched from the...
TOP ONTARIO SOCCER STAR BUSTED

TOP ONTARIO SOCCER STAR BUSTED

MORE THAN 2 KILOGRAMS OF COCAINE AND $50 000 SEIZED

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  July 9, 2020 (LSN)  Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers made a big drug bust on Tuesday July...
Edmonton cuts police budget by $11M

Edmonton cuts police budget by $11M

as murder rate hits record high

EDMONTON, ALBERTA  ~~~  July 9, 2020  (LSN)  The socialist Edmonton city council has voted to defund the police by about...
124678910Last

Lake Superior Circle Tour

From tree-killing infestation

From tree-killing infestation

arises hope for diverse forest

TWO HARBOURS, MINNESOTA  February 5, 2020  (LSN)  As the ongoing spruce budworm outbreak turns dense, single-species stands of trees into fire hazards in Lake County and beyond, it gives landowners who clear the dead timber an opportunity to nurture a more diverse forest.

North Shore landowners tap NRCS assistance and Lake SWCD expertise as they reduce the fire hazard brought on by spruce budworm, replace dead balsam stands with species conducive to improving water quality, controlling erosion

More than $1.3 million in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service was available for wildfire hazard mitigation-related practices from 2017 through 2019. With that assistance, more than 100 landowners treated about 1,500 acres in Lake and bordering counties.

More than 90% of those EQIP funds related directly to the outbreak.

“Where you have dense stands of balsam fir, it kills them all and it’s quite the tinderbox,” Little Steward River   Lake Superior Newssaid Jon Sellnow, the Duluth-based NRCS district conservationist who has since taken a job with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. “The treatment is to reduce the fire hazard, but at the same time open up that dead canopy for regeneration and, if needed, re-establishment in the understory.”

Lake County is at the epicenter of an outbreak that extends to northern St. Louis County, the southern edge of Cook County and the Duluth area. Outbreaks generally occur on a 30-year cycle. This one is expected to persist for a few more years.

Spruce budworm outbreaks occur naturally. Dense stands of balsam fir do not. They filled in — unmanaged — in the decades after wildfires were suppressed and mature white pines were harvested. Despite its name, spruce budworm does the most damage to balsam fir.

Those dense stands shade out other trees, shrubs and plants that help to curb erosion — and how much sediment is carried into North Shore trout streams. EQIP assistance has allowed landowners such as Jamie and Penny Juenemann to augment their efforts to reset the forest.

Bud Worn Boundry Waters   Lake Superior NewsBy January 2020, the Juenemanns had planted 800 trees and shrubs on their 3-acre property bordering the Little Stewart River. In summer 2017, with NRCS assistance and help from a Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa crew, they had cleared the balsams and salvaged everything else on that land.

“Spruce will have some tolerance, but balsam fir, when they get to a certain age, it’s nearly 100% mortality,” Sellnow said. Balsam firs retain their lower branches, which act like a ladder that allows small ground fires to quickly move up into the canopy causing much larger, more destructive fires.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources identified 201,700 acres affected by spruce budworm within the Arrowhead region in 2019.

“The amount of dead balsam is not going to go away on its own. The forest will decline,” said Tim Byrns, a Lake Soil & Water Conservation District forester based in Two Harbors.

“In addition to the fire hazard and reduced forest productivity, there is no value in dead or declining balsam fir, and a very limited market for balsam fir in general,” Byrns explained. “So cutting and treating the woody residue on site is often the only management option.”

When the program launched in 2016, Byrns’ efforts to inform landowners extended to hand-delivering paperwork. Interest grew as more landowners could see how the practices worked on neighbors’ land.

Depending upon the practice, EQIP assistance ranged from $660 to $1,300 an acre.

“On these sites, it’s kind of an easy sell. Even a layperson can look at a forest and determine that it’s dead. This balsam fir comes in so thick, (with) spruce budworm anything over 40 years is basically 100% mortality. It’s the standing dead,” Sellnow said. “Removing it allows you to see the other trees that you couldn’t see before.”

With nearly $690,820 allocated and 55 new contracts, 2019 saw the most sign-ups in a single year. Twenty-one of those originated from landowners working through Lake SWCD. They resulted in 14 management plans affecting 192 acres in Lake County.

Most management plans also protected houses in the Two Harbors area from wildfires.

“The benefits kind of expand from there. You have a healthy forest, and it provides tremendous water quality benefits — both for slowing runoff and for filtering water,” Sellnow said. “Definitely clean air. Carbon sequestration. Wildlife habitat’s a big one.”

Thinning the forest makes way for larger, older, healthier trees.

“We have to go in and go through great lengths to get white pine and Northern white cedar and yellow birch re-established here,” Jamie Juenemann said in 2017. “It’s work to do what Mother Nature did on its own 150-plus years ago.”

The Juenemanns have worked 30 to 40 hours a week, spring through fall, to clear remaining balsams, plant trees and build 5-foot-tall wire cages to keep the deer out. After an August 2019 storm, they cut damaged aspen and birch, and repaired wire cages.

“I’d still do it the same way. I like the fact that it’s filtered sunlight hitting those trees. Its more drought-resistant as a result,” Jamie Juenemann said. “I really liked how doing it by hand was so much lighter on the landscape.”

Without soil compaction from heavy machinery — mechanical tree removal is one option for landowners to consider — Juenemann said the existing seed bank took hold sooner. A profusion of coltsfoot bloomed in the spring; large-leafed asters bloomed in the fall.

NRCS and SWCD employees accept applications year-round. Local work groups identify priority resource concerns and conservation practices. Applications are scored and ranked.

April 19 is the next EQIP application deadline.

The Juenemanns’ next project, which they’re tackling on their own, involves removing dead balsam from about 5 acres behind their house. And they’ll continue working on the 3-acre site.

“Our vision was that 100 years from now it would be like it was originally, before people were up here,” Penny Juenemann said in January 2020. “That’s our vision, but we’re just going to keep doing things that will help that happen.”

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. Natural Resources Conservation Service website: www.nrcs.usda.gov.

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources’ mission is to improve and protect Minnesota’s water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners. www.bwsr.state.mn.us

CLEAN WATER FUND: A pilot project funded by a $114,000 Clean Water Fund grant from BWSR allowed Lake SWCD to pay for a four-person CCMI crew in 2017 to clear dead trees, plant new ones and remove invasive shrubs.

Print

Latest News

TBFRS deploys the Harbour Rescue Boat

TBFRS deploys the Harbour Rescue Boat

rescue a 23’ Bayliner without power.

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  July  9, 2020 (LSN)  At just after 11:00am the TBFRS Harbour Rescue 1 was launched from the...
TOP ONTARIO SOCCER STAR BUSTED

TOP ONTARIO SOCCER STAR BUSTED

MORE THAN 2 KILOGRAMS OF COCAINE AND $50 000 SEIZED

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  July 9, 2020 (LSN)  Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers made a big drug bust on Tuesday July...
Edmonton cuts police budget by $11M

Edmonton cuts police budget by $11M

as murder rate hits record high

EDMONTON, ALBERTA  ~~~  July 9, 2020  (LSN)  The socialist Edmonton city council has voted to defund the police by about...
124678910Last

Arts

SAULT STE. MARIE ARTIST WINS WORLDWIDE CONTEST, BOOK RELEASE

SAULT STE. MARIE ARTIST WINS WORLDWIDE CONTEST, BOOK RELEASE

Her winning art is published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA ~~~  May 10, 2020  (LSN)  Twelve winning writers and twelve illustrators from around the...
2020 Live from the Rock Folk Festival

2020 Live from the Rock Folk Festival

Cancelled Due to Covid-19 Pandemic Apr

RED ROCK, ONTARIO   ~~~  April 22, 2020  (LSN)  Due to public health concerns as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,...
Update Grand Marais Art Colony Summer Sessions

Update Grand Marais Art Colony Summer Sessions

COVID-19 cancelled summer programming through August 31, 2020

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  April 10, 2020  (LSN)  In order to protect the health and safety of our community, we have cancelled summer...
12345

News Ontario ! Minnesota ! Wisconsin

COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act

COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act

Will Help Create Jobs and Opportunities, Build Stronger Communities

TORONTO, ONTARIO  ~~~  July 8, 2020 (LSN)  Today, we introduced the #COVID19 Economic Recovery Act, proposed...
Lewis Demands Schools Must Re-Open

Lewis Demands Schools Must Re-Open

Lewis Demands Property Tax Payments are Refunded

EAGAN, MINNESOTA  ~~~  July 8, 2020  (LSN)  U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement calling...
Home Invasion Attacked while sleeping

Home Invasion Attacked while sleeping

Ivall used hammer on Sleeping Victim

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  July 8, 2020 (LSN)  “An act of extreme violence that shows utter disregard for human life. A...
124678910Last

Economy

124678910Last

Health

1345678910Last

Outdoors Tourism

124678910Last

Sports

Bryan Graham ended his term as league commissioner

Bryan Graham ended his term as league commissioner

Superior International Junior Hockey League since 2014

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~ June 18, 2020  (LSN)  Bryan Graham, who has served as the commissioner for the Superior International...
BORDER CATS FORCED TO CANCEL 2020

BORDER CATS FORCED TO CANCEL 2020

American born players option to play in Bismarck, North Dakota

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~  May 26, 2020  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Border Cats regretfully announced today that due to the current...
124678910Last

Opinion

Liberals LOSE Bid For UN Seat

Liberals LOSE Bid For UN Seat

Trudeau Humiliated

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA ~~~June 17, 2020 (LSN)  Trudeau wasted our tax dollars and threw our values under the bus. He still lost. A pathetic...
124678910Last

Shipping News

123456789

Follow LSN on Twitter

Social Media

 Twitter Lake Superior New  Face Book Lake Superior News  Lake Superior Circle Tour Calendar  You Tube Lake Superior News

Latest News

Contact

News@LakeSuperiorNews.com
55 Mile Creek Road
PO 421
Grand Portage, Minnesota
55605

Website Powered by DNN 4 Less

Lake Superior News

Thunder Bay, Ontario
 

News@LakeSuperiornews.com

Copyright 2007 ~ 2020 Lake Superior Media.
Back To Top