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Jason Meyer (third from right), area land manager for St. Louis County, shows an example of how thinning pines at an earlier age increases the value of the ones left behind. The group included county commissioners and representatives from the logging industry during a tour of the Floodwood School Forest on Tuesday afternoon. (Amanda Hansmeyer /

Earth-friendly methods aim to improve logging

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Mike Zauhar doesn't want to be the last logger left in the woods of southern St. Louis County, and he's not going down quietly.

For years, Zauhar has been on a mission trying to help small-time loggers like himself make a buck and keep their communities from withering away.


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