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U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Kent Connaughton, left, of Milwaukee, Wis., explains priorities such as battling invasive species like the emerald ash borer and responding to climate change earlier this week to the Bemidji Sunrise Rotary. At right is Rob Harper, Chippewa National Forest supervisor and club member. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Chippewa National Forest valuable local asset

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The Chippewa National Forest is a gem among forests, says the U.S. Forest Service's regional forester.

"For me it's breathtaking," Kent Connaughton said Tuesday in speaking to the Bemidji Sunrise Rotary Club on his first visit to Bemidji and seeing the forest from the air.


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