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 silvi-culture 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.
​Smart ForestrySM a register service mark of Blandin Paper Company, was recorded in 1997. The work to define it continues as it keeps changing with input from scientific research, experimenting with different forest management techniques, upgrading technology and logging equipment, and maintaining a cost effective business. 

​Helping landowners reach their goals 

Adam Sutherland  and Cheryl Adams

Woodlands Assistance

UPM Blandin works with landowners to integrate the preservation of natural habitats with harvesting and reforestation. We help them maximize the benefits from their ownership while providing a lasting legacy for the future. Our recommendations to the private landowner include, Forest Stewardship Plans, Management Prescriptions, and Site Plans (harvest, planting, release and timber stand improvement). Blandin also promotes Minnesota’s Voluntary Site-Level Forest Management Guidelines. The most important aspect of Smart ForestrySM is habitat typing, which is a combination of environmental factors such as soils and ground plants used to identify the best way to mimic nature.

​​We use Forest Management to Meet Landowner Objectives by

  • Improving habitat for wildlife.
  • Creating trails during harvest operations for recreation.
  • Removing forest material that would be a fire hazard.
  • Improving timber quality to provide high value products and a steady income.
  • Controlling insect and disease outbreaks by keeping trees healthy.
  • Regenerating the forest.

​Private Forest Land Management Contacts

UPM Blandin Forestry and Wood Sourcing, is responsible for supplying timber for the Blandin mill. We are also responsible for the sustainable management of UPM's own forests in the USA.

UPM Forestry and wood sourcing, USA
UPM Blandin, 115 1st St. SW, Grand Rapids, MN
Tel. +1 218 327 6200

For inquiries about private forest management in Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin, please contact:

​UPM Blandin private forest management

Quintin Legler (South Area)
Tel. 1 218 327 6304
Cell 1 218 244 2574

Adam Sutherland (North Area)
Tel. 1 218 327 6238
Cell 1 218 244 5393

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