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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands in the Cloquet area as a way to improve reforestation efforts. Applications to 77 acres will begin after July 15 and continue through approximately Sept. 15. The locations are generally between the area north of Island and south of the Whiteface Reservoir.

Herbicides are a way to control vegetation on newly established forests and help reforestation.

Herbicides will be sprayed on the ground to reduce competing woody vegetation,” said Robert Slater, DNR area forester. “This allows the tree seedlings a better chance to grow and survive.”

The herbicides being used are non-toxic to insects. Herbicides will not be applied within 100 feet of any water body, following DNR herbicide application guidelines. Signs will be posted on all herbicide treatment sites. Adjacent landowners within a quarter mile of the treatment sites have already been notified.

These sites will be trenched later this summer and fall for tree planting in the spring of 2016.

The DNR plants trees on state lands to reforest harvested areas, provide wildlife habitat, protect watersheds and maintain healthy state forests. Part of the reforestation process involves applying herbicides to the harvested areas prior to or following tree planting. DNR foresters determine the right tree species for the site and private contractors do the actual planting.

This spring in the Cloquet forestry area, local DNR foresters seeded about 70 acres and planted more than 200,000 seedlings on 300 acres in the Cloquet forestry area. Statewide, more than 4,000 acres of state forest lands are planted and 5,000 acres are seeded each year.

More information about the DNR’s Forestry Division can be found on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/forestry.

Anansi the Spider returns to the Cloquet Library Wednesday

Climb Theater is returning to the Arrowhead Library System to present Anansi the Spider, a free interactive children’s play at 1p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Cloquet Public Library.

Anansi the Spider is a master of trickery! Using a rock that has magical powers, Anansi tricks all the animals in the forest out of their suppers. But when Anansi tries to trick the clever Spotted Deer, the tables are turned and Anansi is left with no supper.

Climb Theater’s mission is to create and perform plays, classes, and other creative works that inspire and propel people — especially young people. Anansi the Spider is an imaginative, and kid friendly opportunity for children to experience live theatre, while building literacy and reading readiness.

Come enjoy this interactive play geared for children ages 3-8 followed by a fun activity session.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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