Many years ago the last glaciers receded, leaving Northern Minnesota with a unique geology of land and water. A dynamic and wondrous mix of natural softwood and hardwood forests soon covered the landscape, providing habitat for an incredibly diverse host of plants and animals.
Forests constantly adjusted to natural effects of Native Americans, fire, wind, insects, and disease. This is the ecological heritage of The Great North Woods.
European impacts on forests have been sudden and significant. Fur, timber, agriculture, minerals, cities, and recreational development have forever changed our forests. Our forests are now fragmented, younger, less diverse, and our pristine waters are under pressure.
"Rajala Forestry is working to restore natural forest characteristics."
Natural Forests continue to have a role to play in this new world. They can and will provide immeasurable ecological value. Rajala Forestry is working to restore natural forest characteristics, and along with MTM works to build a bridge between human's woods needs and natural native forests. This is Restoration Forestry.
Due to the size of the tracts of our forested lands, Rajala Forestry and Minnesota Timber & Millwork actually contribute greatly to the quality of water in our region.
You see, forests are just like a giant sponge. They soak up excess stormwater runoff and filter out contaminants. The more woodlands within a region, the better the water quality! Our vast forests are contributing to the health of our area lakes, which means better fishing, better drinking water, better tourism, beautiful landscapes and thousands of acres of habitat for native birds and animals!
That's a win win scenario!
Timber companies can talk about selective harvesting, but few are as picky as we are.
We go to school every day, but we don't sit in a desk, and the professors are hundreds of years old!
We live work and play in northern Minnesota. All of our forest products are harvested from our own back yard.
Rajala Companies is responsibly operating our Bigfork, MN sawmill and MN Timber & Millwork plant in Deer River, MN. We have an active Response Plan that is closely followed by all employees. We require all visitors to follow direction, and come with face protection. Thank You!