Minnesota: Gullible school district lets loggers destroy forest for a measly $7,000

Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School Board hopefully put the school forest logging issue to rest by accepting a bid at Thursday night’s meeting. Bert Wichern’s bid of $7,411 was accepted by the Board. The approved bid comes after the bidding process was delayed at last month’s meeting because of concerns by some in the community about the logging. School forest supporters worried about how extensive the logging would be in such a diverse ecosystem. “Those red oaks are slow growth and there aren’t a lot of them,” said Board Member Barb Fabr

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Superintendent Mitch Anderson said that a walk-through could be
scheduled with Department of Natural Resources forest ranger Jeff
Straub. Straub helped develop the original forest management plan for
Waubun and is looking at updating it.

The current plan is still good to go, Anderson said. “He (Straub) said he stands by the plan that the red oak is past its prime and needs to be harvested,” Anderson said. Miller said that the school forest committee has been busy.

It recently paid for a new snowmobile at the school forest to be used for
trail grooming. A recent breakfast raised close to $1,400, she said.

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