Forest

There's good news and there is bad news.  People of Minnesota and visitors to our state are getting outside more and using public lands.  But they are being jerks about it.  Cutting down trees, leaving behind garbage and human waste....

The people that take care of our lands - the US Forest Service and MN DNR are dedicated to this place we live....we should be treating it better.

The Chippewa National Forest is home to 21 developed campgrounds and more than 100 backcountry campsites.  We caught up with Knutson Dam campground host Floyd Baird just before Labor Day weekend this year.  In this segment of Let's Visit, Floyd Baird discusses his experiences as a campground host, people he's encountered, and he shares some no nonsence advice about camping. 

Mary Nordeen is the Public Affairs Specialist for the Chippewa National Forest.  This summer, Mary took KAXE's General Manager Maggie Montgomery and Producer Katie Carter on a journey through the Lost 40.  This segment of Let's Visit takes you along on that hike through the Lost 40.  Enjoy this taste of summer!  And get outside to enjoy every season in wonderful Minnesota! 

Dallas Clell Hudson via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Each week our resident phenologist John Latimer reports on the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate in his weekly Phenology Report.  This week, John reports on what he sees up in the trees and down on the forest floor.  Trees are breaking bud, ferns are popping, columbine are exposing themselves and more.