Menominee Indians Harvest Sustainable Forests

Living on Earth

Host Steve Curwood travels to the forests of Northern Wisconsin for a look at a highly successful timber business. The Menominee Indians in the area took to logging back in the 1850’s out of economic necessity. Since then, they have harvested two billion board feet from the Menominee Forest . . . yet the area contains more timber now than it did when logging started. Careful, sustainable treatment of the trees  ? and harvesting based on biological rather than market demands  ? has left the area the only preserved old-growth tract in the entire region.

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