The Aitkin County Private Woodlands Committee Winter Tour is Saturday December 7th from 8-4:30 at the McGregor Community Center.  The tour is called “Taking A New Look At My Land”.  This day of learning helps us to understand how our private lands are part of a complex landscape, connected to the world.  For instance: 

The timber harvested locally plays a part in a global economy. 

Our local forest bat population is being decimated to near extinction by white nose syndrome.  The northern long eared bat, once common in MN forests, is now on the endangered species list.  Bats are major predators for flying insect pests that attack our forests and us.

Rep. Dale Lueck was recently appointed the minority lead of the MN House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Division and he joined us on All Things Considered to tell us more. 

December 18, 2018  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lueck gains post on environment and natural resources committee

Mark Jacobs turned his love of the woods into a career in forestry, during which he applied innovative ways to look at and manage two hundred thousand acres of public forest lands in Aitkin County.  He is especially proud of his leadership in managing mixed hardwood forests.  Mark just retired after 39 years as a forester and land commissioner in Aitkin County.  In this conversation with John Latimer and Harry Hutchins, Mark talks about some of the innovative managemnt practices he adopted that are now widely used by private land owners and professional foresters.

Sylvia Allen was our guest today.  Among many things she is putting on the Harvest Moon Brew Fest in Aitkin on Saturday September 8th.  She also told us about the building she bought to restore - the historic Butler's Building in downtown Aitkin