Managing dynamic forest ecosystems

​UPM Blandin Forestry in the USA is responsible for supplying the Blandin paper mill with the timber it requires and for sustainable management of the forests owned by UPM in the USA. The forestry unit is based at the mill in the town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. UPM owns and manages 187,876 acres of forest land making it one of the largest private owners in Minnesota.

UPM buys 200,000 cords of wood per year from private, state and company owned land, for use in the Blandin mill. Other pulpwood, saw logs and biomass are sold to others. All of the wood is transported by road. UPM uses a certified tracking system which identifies country, region and forest of origin for all deliveries.

Harvesting is carried out by independent logging contrac­tors. The most commonly used harvesting method is clear-felling and seed tree. The remainder is from various forms of selection harvests and commercial thinning. Approximately half of the wood is cut using cut-to-length Scandinavian harvesters.

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Smart ForestrySM – Unique Forest Management System​

Imitating and working with nature

“Blandin foresters approach every tract of land with Smart ForestrySM guidelines in hand. A traditional forester looks up at the trees; we walk around looking down, at natures clues in the soils and ground plants.”

Cheryl Adams, Manager UPM Blandin Forestry 

Smart ForestrySM is a forest management style that combines ecologically-based forestry, best site-management practices, in coordination with adjacent landowners. The key is to use nature’s clues as a guide to match the tree and plant species with the right habitat type over the life of a forest. This ensures us that we are placing the right species in the right place where we know it will thrive.

UPM Blandin developed the Smart ForestrySM method of using plant communities and ecological principles as a basis for silvi­culture practices and maintaining biodiversity. The method is based on ecological classification with the aim of growing the optimum quality and value forest by promoting trees that grow best in each plant community type. ​

UPM also applies a ‘life cycle’ concept, starting with initial establishment of young trees, survival checking, pre-commercial spacing, several commercial thinnings and regeneration harvests. Valuable habitats are identified and recorded as part of stan­dard operational planning. Forest certification is nearly universal in Minnesota. All UPM land is SFI certified, and both SFI and FSC are used by industry, the state and counties. A few private landowners have land certified under the American Tree Farm System. ​

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Blandin Forestry has a staff of nine foresters, organized into two main functions: Land Management and Wood Procurement. The Forest Ecologist and Land Management Foresters are responsible for the overall management of the company's 187,876 acre forest. They determine when and where to harvest timber, build access roads and ensure that the land remains productive. They carefully design timber harvesting plans, specify the season and equipment to be used, and follow up with forest regeneration plans after harvest operations.

UPM buys 200,000 cords of wood per year from private, state and company owned land, for use in the Blandin mill. Wood Procurement foresters select and purchase timber to be cut and hauled into the Blandin pulpmill for use in papermaking. They evaluate timber sales offered by all levels of government, private individuals, and UPM lands. Professional loggers are contracted to cut and haul the trees to the mill's scale house, where quality and volumes are recorded.

​Our marketing forester arranges to sell other pulpwood, saw logs and biomass to others. All of the wood is transported by road. UPM uses a certified "chain of custody" tracking system to identify country, region and forest of origin for all wood deliveries. 

Wood from sustainable and legal sources

The legal basis for sustainable forestry in Minnesota combines Federal law (ie. the Endangered Species Act), State law and the Minnesota Voluntary Site-Level Forest Management Guidelines published by the Minnesota Forest Resources Council. The US Departments of Interior (Fish & Wildlife Service) monitors compliance with Endangered Species Act.

Watch the forestry video!

Travel with us into the forest and follow papermaking from the woods into the paper mill.

Blandin video

​Our teams work together to meet your needs, we are dedicated to your success

Adams, Cheryl
Forest Resources Manager
Tel: (218) 327-6482

Hensel, David
Marketing Coordinator
Tel: (218) 327-6390
Mob: 218-244-3611

Scherer, Sawyer
Forest Ecologist
Tel: (218) 327-6602
Mob: 763-370-1681

Duwe, Gregory
Land Management Forester
Tel: (218) 327-6604
Mob: 218-244-5173

Gabriel, Jim
Land Management Forester
Tel: (218) 327-6603
Mob: 218-244-6363

Berkeland, Jim
Wood Procurement Forester
Tel: (218) 327-6385

Mob: 218-244-4574

PFM Toll Free Number: (866) 631-1413

UPM Blandin Forestry address:
115 1st Street S.W., Grand Rapids, MN 55744



Private forest management contacts: 

Sutherland, Adam
Wood Procurement Forester
Tel: (218) 327-6238
Mob: 218-244-5393

Legler, Quintin
Wood Procurement Forester
Tel: (218) 327-6304
Mob: 218-244-2574

Erickson, Darin
Tel: (218) 327-6605
Mob: 320-310-9532


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