Dovetail Partners hosted a webinar addressing fire's historical role in shaping the landscape of the Arrowhead region of Minnesota, pre-European settlement, to maintain and encourage healthy forests, plant communities, and wildlife habitat. Experiences from present day land managers and how they are embracing this knowledge and are reintroducing fire to improve forest health and natural habitat in our native boreal forests was shared. To view this webinar, follow this link.
Speaker Lane Johnson, historical ecologist and geographer from the University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center, shared his research using tree-ring records and other historical information to better understand the fire ecology of native plant communities in the western Great Lakes.
Timo Rova, the West Zone Fire Management Officer from the Superior National Forest who has historical roots in Ely, Minnesota, presented examples of how the US Forest Service is using prescribed fire as a tool to improve and restore the forest and wildlife habitat in the Superior National Forest.
This event was supported by partners: St. Louis County Emergency Management, University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center, and the US Forest Service – Superior National Forest. Together, we work to better understand and implement actions to restore our forest health and build wildfire resiliency in our communities.