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Winds of change blow over forestry center


April 15, 2022

Jana Peterson

Discussion about the future ownership of the Cloquet Forestry Center continue, albeit in no public way. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has indicated that it would like the land within its reservation lands returned after the center was founded in 1909.

A few miles west of Cloquet, in the heart of the Fond du Lac Reservation, sits the Cloquet Forestry Center. Owned by the University of Minnesota, the woodland site has been the primary research and education forest for the university since 1909. It is the oldest experimental forest under continuous operation by a university in the United States, according to Al Alm, professor emeritus and former CFC director.

That could change in the not so distant future, as university officials have been discussing potential changes at the forestry center, part of an ongoing conversation with the Fond du...

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