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Beltrami County Board: Commissioners to consider forest management within parks

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Beltrami County Board: Commissioners to consider forest management within parks
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The Beltrami County Board will discuss whether to adopt a management plan for forests in parks and recreation areas.

The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the Beltrami County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. N.W.

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The Beltrami County Parks and Trails Advisory Council subcommittee of Richard Moore, Jim Gubbels, Jeff Shadwell and Charles Parsons developed the forest management plan for informational purposes for the County Board. The plan was approved by PTAC April 14. If adopted, it would provide direction for forest management.

The plan includes provision to maintain scenic vistas along trails as the transition through harvesting from over-mature single species to younger, more diverse forests over several years.

In the past, recreations areas such as Three Island Park and Movil Maze have been treated similarly to most other county forest land. The plan would establish road buffers to maintain visual quality, shifting priorities from economic revenue from through harvesting to ecological management and establishing a diversity of tree special.

The County Board members will also review with Moore, director of natural resource management, extension of timber contracts because of difficulties they had because wet conditions prevented them from entering the forests for harvest.

Moore recommends that the County Board follow the contract language and require and additional 10 percent payment for contract extensions.

In other business the County Board will:

E Begin the process to create positions for a court security deputy and court security sergeant.

E Begin the hiring process to fill bailiff vacancies.

The Beltrami County Board will discuss whether to adopt a management plan for forests in parks and recreation areas.

The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the Beltrami County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. N.W.

The Beltrami County Parks and Trails Advisory Council subcommittee of Richard Moore, Jim Gubbels, Jeff Shadwell and Charles Parsons developed the forest management plan for informational purposes for the County Board. The plan was approved by PTAC April 14. If adopted, it would provide direction for forest management.

The plan includes provision to maintain scenic vistas along trails as the transition through harvesting from over-mature single species to younger, more diverse forests over several years.

In the past, recreations areas such as Three Island Park and Movil Maze have been treated similarly to most other county forest land. The plan would establish road buffers to maintain visual quality, shifting priorities from economic revenue from through harvesting to ecological management and establishing a diversity of tree special.

The County Board members will also review with Moore, director of natural resource management, extension of timber contracts because of difficulties they had because wet conditions prevented them from entering the forests for harvest.

Moore recommends that the County Board follow the contract language and require and additional 10 percent payment for contract extensions.

In other business the County Board will:

- Begin the process to create positions for a court security deputy and court security sergeant.

- Begin the hiring process to fill bailiff vacancies.

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