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TREES

A 21-mile road reclamation and resurfacing project on State Highway 34 in Becker County has caught the attention of environmentalists and nature lovers across Minnesota, drawing just over 80 people to a virtual open house on the project that was hosted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Of particular concern: A plan to remove 75% of the trees and vegetation in the project's "clear zone," due to the route's status as part of the Lake Country Scenic Byway as well as being a known area for viewing large numbers of Minnesota's state flower, the Showy Lady's Slipper.
MnDOT says the tree-cutting is necessary to make the highway safer, but opponents say the plan violates the spirit of the state’s scenic byway program, which has included Highway 34 for over 20 years.
As cone-picking tradition fades, more people needed to supply DNR nursery.

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