A project of FRIENDS OF THE CLOQUET VALLEY STATE FOREST
Dedicated to protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources and responsible enjoyment of the Cloquet Valley State Forest
The Cloquet Valley State Forest encompasses 327,098 acres (1,323.7 km2); 48,384 acres (195.8 km2) of which most of the public lands, while owned by the State of Minnesota and it's citizens, are managed by St. Louis County. The forest is quite unique in this regard.
A working forest, The CVSF is home to lots of great big wonderful trees! It's a Forest after all! It's also home to wonderful communities of people and diverse communities of plants and animals. There are rivers and lakes within it's borders and there is a history of the people of the region stretching back for ten thousand years to the time of the last glacial retreat. The future of the forest contains complex challenges. There are significant forces that are at play and it is important for Minnesotans to have the opportunity to learn about and give input into the management of the forest. The forest is managed for timber and for recreation by St. Louis County. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also contributes to the management of the forest.
There's lots to see and do in the CVSF - ski trails, hiking trails, lakes, rivers and streams within the forest, there's hunting and fishing opportunities, archeological projects, historical projects. There's berries in the summer, ice fishing in the winter and beauty year round.
Balancing the natural resource extraction activities such as logging and mining with long term goals relating to the health and well being of the forest are a challenge for all involved. Making sure this large forest remains healthy a hundred years from now is a complex challenge. The rivers that flow through the forest are impacted by many factors, the rivers of the forest flow into Lake Superior - the crown jewel of our state. Many factors are out of the control of the citizens of our state, but with regard to those factors we control it is important that we are well informed and choose carefully. It is the goal of our organization to build the understanding of the forest and share that with the people of the state. We hope you'll help us - and that you'll come blueberry picking next year too!