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In December 2012, the U.S. Forest Service Gunflint and Tofte Ranger districts introduced a proposal to restore the forest along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Gunflint Ranger Nancy Larson and then-Tofte District Ranger John Wytanis noted that anyone traveling on Highway 61 could see that birch trees along the North Shore are dying. The rangers explained that it is not just the birch trees along the highway dying, they reported that 80 percent of the birch forest on national forest land is old and declining. Concerns were raised that succession of conifer (balsam fir, spruce, cedar and white pine) was not occurring. To address the situation, the Forest Service and a number of community partners worked to create the North Shore Restoration Project, which has now gone through an environmental review process. The public is invited to learn about the environmental assessment and restoration plans at an open house on January 10, 2014 at the Gunflint Ranger District Office at 2020 West Highway 61 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Gunflint Ranger Larson and Tofte Ranger Kurt Steele invite the public to attend the open house and comment on the recently released North Shore Restoration Project Environmental Assessment. Technical experts will be at the open house to provide information on performing restoration on private lands in the North Shore Project area.