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Catastrophic windstorms in Minnesota's Pine County affected over 180,000 acres of state, county, and private lands. As a result of damage caused by these storms, Commissioner Tom Landwehr has approved an emergency declaration that allows extensions on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources timber sales.

For those who are licensed by the State of Minnesota in Pine County to harvest timber, your help is needed to reduce the risk of fire and pest hazards within and adjacent to the blowdown areas, improve regeneration and growth of these forest areas, contribute to local economies, and capture a portion of the timber volume and associated revenues before the wood quality deteriorates. It is imperative to get the damaged timber harvested as soon as possible.

This declaration by Commissioner Landwehr allows purchasers of salvage timber sales in Pine County to get a two-year Natural Disaster Extension on those existing permits without penalty or interest. To qualify for this extension, the existing permit must have an expiration date prior to August 1, 2013.

To obtain a two-Year Natural Disaster Extension, submit a letter stating the number
permit to extend and the permit number the salvage timber sale that qualifies you for the
extension. This must be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources Area Forestry Office that administers the timber sale permit you want extended. One existing permit may be extended with each salvage sale purchased. If you have any questions, please contact your local DNR Forestry Office. In southern Minnesota, the office is located in Rochester (2300 Silver Creek Road, NE, Rochester MN 55906, 507-206-2854) If you have questions they cannot answer, contact the state office through their website.

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