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History of Minnesota Forest Nurseries
Compiled April 5, 2011
Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
1903 The first state forest nursery was established at the Pillsbury Forest Reserve through a resolution adopted by the state Forestry Board at its meeting on April 10, 1903.
Source: A History of Forestry in Minnesota, p. 10. http://snipurl.com/27qrtz
1910 Due to lack of funding, nursery staff were laid off in September 1910.
Source: A Century for the Trees http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/marapr11/forestry_centennial.html
1926 Minnesota constitutional amendment was approved by the voters "authorizing the enactment of laws encouraging and promoting forestation and reforestation of lands in this state, and
providing for special taxation thereof." Laws of Minnesota 1925, Chapter 427 https://www.revisor.mn.gov/data/revisor/law/1925/0/1925-427.pdf
Note: a similar amendment was rejected by the voters in 1924
1927 Laws of Minnesota 1927, Chapter 244 created an interim Reforestation Commission "to make a study and investigation in respect to afforestation and reforestation of lands, delinquent real estate taxes, and finances of counties and taxing districts, in the forest areas of this state."
The resulting report had a recommendation for the creation of state forest nurseries. The page with this recommendation is hard to read. (Original is poor-quality fiche) *** See the last page. It's a readable version of the original. http://www.leg.mn/webcontent/lrl/pdf/Reforestation.pdf
1929 The Badoura Nursery was created at Akeley in Hubbard County. It was established prior to the 1931 authorizing law. Source: A History of Forestry in Minnesota, p. 23. http://snipurl.com/27qrtz
1931 A law passed in 1931 that authorized the commissioner of Forestry and Fire Prevention to establish forest nurseries and appropriated money. (Laws of Minnesota 1931, Chapter 281) https://www.revisor.mn.gov/data/revisor/law/1931/0/1931-281.pdf
Source: DNR Nurseries: Building Forests of the Future http://tinyurl.com/dgflso
1939 The General Andrews Nursery was established north of Willow River in Pine County.
Source: A History of Forestry in Minnesota, p.31. http://snipurl.com/27qrtz
Source: DNR nurseries building forests of the future http://snipurl.com/27qrvy
Additional source of information:
State Forest Nursery Program annual reports, 1998-2009: http://www.leg.state.mn.us/edocs/edocs.aspx?oclcnumber=46968490
"DNR Nurseries: Building Forests of the Future". Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources News Release. April 16, 2009. http://tinyurl.com/dgflso
A History of Forestry in Minnesota, With Particular Reference to Forestry Legislation. Association of Minnesota Division of Lands and Forestry Employees, 1969. http://snipurl.com/27qrtz
Hoff, Mary. "Century for the Trees". Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine. March/April 2011. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/marapr11/forestry_centennial.html
(Places the development of Minnesota's forest nurseries within the history of forestry in Minnesota)
"Minnesota Reforestation Commission Report to House and Senate. November 1928. [excerpt]
Compiled by staff of the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, April 2011.