News release: Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Aitkin area

June 28, 2022

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands in the Aitkin Forestry administrative area to prepare sites for reforestation. Applications on two sites in Section 28 of Township 52, Range 25W will begin July 5th and continue through approximately July 22nd.

Herbicides are used in select locations to reduce vegetation that would compete with newly planted tree seedlings. This gives the tree seedlings a better chance to grow and survive.

Signs will be posted on all herbicide treatment sites. Adjacent landowners within an eighth of a mile of the treatment sites will be notified.

The DNR plants trees on state lands to reforest harvested areas, provide wildlife habitat, protect watersheds, provide wood and fiber for forest products, sequester carbon and maintain healthy state forests. Part of the reforestation process involves applying herbicides where needed prior to or following tree planting. DNR foresters determine the right tree species for the site and private contractors plant the trees.

More information about how the DNR manages Minnesota’s forests can be found at