Landscape-scale forest stand improvements for water quality
300 acres of timber stand improvements
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
This project will implement timber stand improvement activities on over 300 acres of private forest land within the Knife River and Skunk Creek watershed; both are not meeting state water quality standards for turbidity. These activities will culminate in planting diverse, large-statured native trees, resilient in the face of forest pests and diseases, climate change, and deer browse. Through this project, significant areas of the Knife River and Skunk Creek watersheds will have a patchwork of seed sources that will naturally expand the footprint of a healthier forest. This targeted forest management effort is a low-cost investment in improving the forest conditions that are the root cause of riparian erosion issues on these north shore streams.