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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