Learn About Pre-Settlement Species

The pre-settlement area of Minnesota’s forest land was estimated to be 31.5 million acres. Due in part to destructive logging practices, slash burning, wildfires, modern harvesting practices, toxic mining, modern development, and climatic shifts, Minnesota’s forests are disappearing. As these areas become fragmented and disappear, so do the benefits they provide. 

By learning about Minnesota’s pre-settlement forest species and how human-driven climate change is impacting our biogregion, we can better understand the present state of forest areas. Modern technologies help us to forecast future patterns that help to identify and assess opportunities and threats so that we can act more effectively to improve the future position of Minnesota’s forest areas.

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