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County Board: Beltrami County certified as sustainable forest county

Beltrami County recently achieved sustainable forestry certification, capping a four-year process.

Rating the so-called "third party" certification, of which Beltrami County now has two, will be discussed during the Beltrami County Board's regular 5 p.m. Tuesday meeting at the County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave.

The third-party certification comes with the county's participation in the Minnesota Counties Sustainable Forestry Cooperative, says Greg Snyder, director of the Natural Resource Management Department.

The county now has dual third-party certification from SGS Services and Systems under the Sustainable Forest Initiative and from Forest Stewardship Council.

"FSC and SFI are international forest management standards which are designed to ensure the sustainable practice of forestry," Snyder says in a memo. "In addition to ensuring sustainability, the certification allows access to niche markets for forest products while maintaining access to the broadest spectrum of markets overall."

Chief among Beltrami County's sustainable forest management commitments is to "protect the integrity of forest lands under our management."

Also during the regular meeting, commissioners will consider re-appointing four at-large members to the county Park and Trail Advisory Council, and will consider resolutions for the Blackduck Bike Trail Phase II sponsorship and maintenance.

Commissioners at their 3 p.m. work session will receive an annual report from Giziibii Resource Conservation and Development Association, receive an update on a state analysis of the Minnesota child support enforcement system, receive a report on Beltrami Works, a county diversionary program to Minnesota Family Investment Program.

Commissioners will also review 2010 legislative issues with Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, and Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids.

The board's consent agenda includes county bills and warrant payment listing, approval of $10,000 contribution to mental health medical transports, approval of Paul Conklin to the County Extension Committee and approval of the North Country Community Health Board Joint Powers Agreement.

Commissioners will also be asked to approve the appointment of North Country Community Health Board and North Country CHS Advisory Committee members, and reappoint Tawana Fairbanks to the Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center Board,.

The consent agenda includes approval of a review of the 2010 county safety manual, approval of a pharmaceuticals services contract with Thrifty White Pharmacy, approval of a revision to a human services emergency assistance policy, approval to attend a national welfare fraud planning conference, and receive monthly human services reports, licensing requests and payment of bills.