Minnesota Power dedicates white pine effort to Jack Rajala

Friday, May 29, 2015

Minnesota Power on Thursday dedicated a new forest-management effort in honor of Jack Rajala, the longtime logger, mill owner and landowner who has worked tirelessly to bring back the state's big white pines.

The Duluth-based utility announced it will plant up to 3 million white pine, red pine, jack pine and spruce seedlings over the next 10 years on 3,000 acres across the region.

The utility said its new "Rajala Woods initiative" is a $1.4 million effort to "restore and enhance white pine and other conifer tree species through management practices that will ensure the sustainable use of the forest, improve biodiversity, conserve aquatic resources and enhance wildlife habitat and recreation."

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