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Chippewa National Forest

Replanting Our Nation’s Forests


Forest Overview

Chippewa National Forest
Established in 1908 as the first national forest east of the Mississippi River, Chippewa National Forest is located in the heart of northern Minnesota. Its shared boundary with the Leech Lake Indian Reservation offers visitors the chance to experience Anishinabe culture and the rich history of the area including prehistoric times, the early logging era and Civilian Conservation Corps days. The forest’s large red and white pine trees make Chippewa one of the largest American bald eagle nesting sites in the continental United States.

Chippewa National Forest Needs Our Help

In July 2012, a devastating storm with straight-line winds tore through the forest, blowing down an estimated 95,000 of the 666,542-acre forest. About 12,000 of the acres affected were the heart of the forest’s pine tree country — stands of mature conifer trees were snapped off and uprooted. Restoration of these majestic pines is critical to the wildlife that calls Chippewa National Forest home, including the American bald eagles that depend on the pine trees for their nesting habitat.


Replanting efforts include hundreds of thousands of trees including red pine, white pine, white spruce, and Jack pine to help restore the forest.



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