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Brad Nelson of Nelson Logging in Hermantown uses a grapple skidder to move logged birch trees into position so they can be sawed. Nelson was logging east of Cotton. (2008 file/News Tribune)

DNR: Minnesota forests can sustain 5.5 million cord cut

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Minnesota's forests can sustain logging 5.5 million cords of wood each year, about double the current level, according to an analysis for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released Monday.

The DNR, in the first major update of the state's 1994 generic environmental impact statement on tree cutting and its impact on the overall forest, estimates the current harvest is about 2.7 million cords per year.

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