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Shown is an example of an opening in the canopy of a stand of aspen and various conifers at Moose Mountain Scientific and Nature Area near Duluth. Openings form after many years of growth, allowing young spruce and balsam to grow in the sun. Derek Montgomery | MPR News

DNR eases effort to protect old trees as bird habitat shrinks

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By Stephanie Hemphill

MPR News 91.3 FM

ST. PAUL – Officials at the state Department of Natural Resources are setting aside a 20-year-old forest management policy that delays logging operations on some parcels of land to ensure that up to 15 percent of state forests grow old.

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