Winter Shearing - Storm Blowdown Update

Winter Shearing - Storm Blowdown Update

The storm of June 29th containing straight line winds measuring 80-100 mph affected large areas throughout the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Red Lake DNR Forestry and Fuels personnel has recognized and prioritized areas where damage was most severe. The lowland aspen and black ash stands near the Clearbrook Road and Highway 1 intersection was among some of the most heavily damaged areas. This area is only accessible during the winter months and requires heavy equipment needed to move large trees. With favorable winter conditions, these areas are in the process of being sheared. Shearing uses dozers equipped with a shear bladed, to windrow (pile) all wind damaged trees in rows. The mitigation process involves removing the fuel load and creating conditions suitable to allow the stand to naturally regenerate as soon as possible. The Red Lake DNR Forestry programs goal is to create an environment favorable for natural aspen regeneration, Red Lake’s most important commercial species. In addition to reforestation efforts, heavy fuels and ladder fuels will be significantly reduced as a fire prevention effort. Managing these fuels will minimize the chance for severe wildfire outbreaks within these stands. Through combined management efforts, Red Lake’s natural resources will be sustained for future generations to use and appreciate.