State Forests

Lyons State Forest


Forest Landscape: : This forest lies entirely within the coniferous forest biome. Topography is a mix of glacial features such as end moraines, outwash plains, till plains, and drumlin fields. Historically, fires occurred about 10 to 40 years within much of the area, which is why jack pine, quaking aspen, and birch dominate. Stands of red and white pine are also found in the forest. Hazel, blueberries, sweet fern, bearberry, wintergreen, bracken and reindeer moss provide lush ground cover.

Management Activities: : From year to year, you may see changes in this forest. The DNR manages the trees, water, and wildlife in state forests for everyone to keep them healthy and meet recreational, environmental, and economic goals. Trees are harvested to make a variety of products, such as pulp for making paper, lumber and building materials, pallets, fencing, and telephone poles. Through careful planning, harvesting, and planting, land managers create forest openings or plant trees and vegetation to improve habitat for white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, and waterfowl. The DNR manages state forests to prevent wildfires, and keep our water and air clean.

History: The Dakota and the Ojibwe people first occupied the Crow Wing River area, and Indian burial mounds can be seen around mile 61 on the Crow Wing River just north of Lyons. In the early 1700s French fur traders arrived and controlled the fur business. Later in the 1760s, British and Canadian traders came to dominate the trade. Between the 1870s and the early 1900s, logging of white and red pine was Wadena County's chief economy. Timber taken from the dense forests along the Crow Wing River and its tributaries furnished labor for hundreds of early settlers and provided an economic base for many towns in the area. Lumbering operations expanded as railroads were extended throughout the Crow Wing area. By the turn of the century, most virgin timber had been cleared and the lumber industry declined sharply. Today, recreationists still use the roads created by the early loggers.

Acres: 14,789

Year Estab: 1963


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