Northeast MNWWN and Peggy Meseroll Host a Tour of an Active Timber Harvest by Jan Bernu, MNWWN Northeast
On February 28th, the MN Women’s Woodland Network (MNWWN)-NE local network sponsored a tour of an active timber harvest at the Maki Family LLC property near Esko, MN. Peggy Meseroll, MFA Board Member and member of the WWN-NE local network, and her sister Mary are members of the Maki family and hosted this tour. Jan Bernu, Two By Forestry consulting forester and contracted forester for the Maki family, led the tour and discussion on “Private Timber Sale Nuts & Bolts Basics.” Jan is also leading the WWN-NE group and arranged this tour. There were 12 participants, including 3 from the Metro Area MNWWN, who braved the cold temperatures to learn about timber sales, timber harvesting and woodland management.
Bell Timber bought the Maki timber sale, which is currently being harvested by No Sweat Logging. The participants were actually able to observe an active cut-to-length harvesting operation and received on- site information regarding the active timber harvest. The Makis’ are thinning their pine stands to enhance the health and growth of the pine. The pine wood products include pulpwood, sawbolts/logs and telephone poles. They are also cutting some of the aspen to further enhance wildlife habitat for early successional wildlife species. This harvest will not only provide income from various timber products but enhances forest health and wildlife habitat.