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DNR to allow logging in forest

Associated Press

SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST, Minn. -- Portions of northern Minnesota forest lands once designated federal roadless areas will be opened to logging as part of a plan approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

A total of 260 acres of state land in the Superior National Forest will be logged as part of the DNR's 10-year strategy for the 500,000-acre Border Lakes region that stretches across the top of the state.

The 260 acres are part of 1,100 state-owned acres within 11 tracts formerly designated as roadless areas.

Some environmentalists believe the state's logging plan could bring an end to an effort to classify 62,000 acres around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness as off-limits to new roads and loggers.

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The 260 acres in the formerly designated roadless area are less than "1 percent of the state's Border Lakes region, but it will effectively eliminate about one-third of the roadless area from ever being protected," said Joshua Davis, forest program coordinator for the Sierra Club in Minnesota.

Brad Moore, DNR deputy commissioner, said Thursday the Border Lakes plan goes into effect this spring.

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