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ADV - Beetles, Boardwalks, & Climate Change at Sax-Zim

Beetles, Boardwalks, & Climate Change at Sax-Zim website

5103 Miller Trunk Highway
Duluth, MN 55811

Have you visited the boardwalks at Sax Zim Bog? Did you know that they were created using local tamarack (larch) wood? Why were these trees harvested? What does climate have to do with this? Join Matt and Heidi to learn all about this innovative project.

The University of Minnesota Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI), Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, and industry partners demonstrated a boardwalk manufactured from value-added thermally modified Eastern larch. Increased utilization of Eastern larch and other underutilized species can reduce wildfires, improve forest health, and support industry. The objectives on this project were to: (1) Design, install, and demonstrate a public boardwalk from thermally modified Eastern larch, and (2) Disseminate the economic and environmental benefits of thermally modified Eastern larch utilization to landowners, timber harvesters and processors, wood products distributors/wholesalers, and other industry stakeholders interested in potential investment in regional thermally modified wood production capacity. Matt Aro is a research Program Manger at the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth Heidi Roop, Extension Specialist, Climate Science

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Amy Rager

Amy received a BA in Elementary Education from the College of St. Scholastica and a MEd in Environmental Leadership and Learning from the University of MN. She has worked for cooperative extension for 28 years in various positions, but has always tied her work to the environment. She is currently the state program director for the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program.

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University of MN Extension


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