FIELD TOUR - Cloquet Forestry Center and Fond du Lac Reservation


Translating historical fire regimes into contemporary forest management


Conducted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 and hosted by the Fond du Lac Resource (FDL) Management Forestry Program and the University of Minnesota - Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC)

Contact information for Tour Leaders:

Kyle Gill & Lane Johnson, Cloquet Forestry Center (;

Steve Olson & Christian Nelson, FDL Forestry (;

Evan Larson, University of Wisconsin-Platteville (

Questions about this past Field Tour?

Contact Jack McGowan-Stinski, Lake States Fire Science Consortium (by email, or call 989-287-1734)

Reference Materials:

Map of CFC Tour Stops

Map of FDL Tour Stops

Field Tour Digital Handout

Fire History at CFC – Summary Information


Evaluation Form

Field Tour Overview:

Rally Point and field tour introduction and overview held at University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center, 175 University Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720

We had four field stops - two stops at Cloquet Forestry Center and two at Fond du Lac Reservation:

  • CFC “Camp 8” to discuss historical fire regimes (reserve stand of 1820s origin pine)
  • CFC red pine understory treatments study (Gilmore/D'Amato project plots) to discuss research and burn experiment, and options moving forward
  • FDL Deadfish Lake to discuss blueberry burns, and riparian management with fire (bonus discussion on FDL history and wild rice management)
  • FDL white pine shelterwood, with three past understory burns, to discuss multiple burns and temporal regeneration expectations
  • Optional #5 site visit to CFC’s 1850s origin Rook sale (Firewise thinning) – option during the lunch break or at end of main field tour

Time Frame:

0730 - 0830 Check-in at Cloquet Forestry Center Parking Lot
0830 - 0900 Overview Presentation of FDL Forestry Program and the CFC
0900 - 1200 Group One rode wagons to CFC field stops; Group Two took Coach Bus to FDL field stops
1200 - 1230 brown bag lunch
1230 - 1530 Group Two to CFC field stops; Group One to FDL field stops
1530 - 1600 Wrap-up conducted with each afternoon group
1600 – Depart, or Optional #5 stop at CFC’s 1850s origin Rook sale (Firewise thinning)

Cost and Registration:

This Field Tour was Free, RSVP was requested.