Model Forest Dedicated in Aitkin County, Minnesota on June 9th

(Aitkin, MN) – On June 9th the first Forest Guild Model Forest in the Midwest was dedicated in Aitkin County, Minnesota.


Citizen members of the Forestry Advisory Committee and others were on hand for the dedication.  Senator Tom Saxhaug was there to congratulate the county and expressed support for recognizing the value and importance of forestry in Minnesota.


“Forest managers in the Midwest have come forward and done some of the greatest forest management in the country,” remarked Senator Saxhaug.  “I can’t think of a better place than Aitkin County, Minnesota to be the first place in the Midwest to be recognized by this Model Forest Program.”


The dedication included a tour of the Cornish Model Forest and a discussion of the responsible forest management practiced by the Aitkin County Land Department.  Aitkin County Commissioner Anne Marcotte remarked on the link between the model forest dedication and designation of 2011 as the International Year of Forests.


“The goal of recognizing this as the International Year of Forests is to promote a broader understanding of the importance of forests and to support sustainable forest management,” said Commissioner Marcotte.  “Dedication of this model forest is part of this larger global effort and hats-off to the Land Department for doing such a wonderful job.”




About the Forest Guild
The Forest Guild is a professional organization of forest stewards, associated natural resource professionals, and affiliates who are passionate about restoring and sustaining the integrity of our forests while meeting the needs of the communities that rely on them.


The Forest Guild Model Forest program recognizes places, people, and relationships that foster sustainable forest management and demonstrate successful silviculture.