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Brad Nelson of Nelson Logging in Hermantown uses a grapple skidder to move logged birch trees into position so they can be sawed. Nelson was logging east of Cotton. (2008 file / News Tribune)

DNR says more logging possible in Minnesota

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Minnesota's forests can sustain logging 5.5 million cords of wood each year, about double the current harvest level, according to an analysis released Monday by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The study, by a University of Minnesota researcher, took a new look at the state's 1994 generic Environmental Impact Statement on tree cutting, an analysis that concluded wood industries could cut 5.5 million cords each year without serious ecological impact.

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