• VFVC Newsletter - March 2005

    March 1, 2005

    This is the second issue of volume two in a series of periodic updates on developments in the Blandin Foundation's Vital Forests/Vital Communities initiative.


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    County Lands Certification Project Underway

    By working together to prepare for third party certification, the counties of Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Clearwater, Crow Wing and Koochiching hope to increase efficiencies, share best practices and reduce costs. Read more…


    Feasibility study for Duluth Clay Transfer Station Complete

    In the July 2004 (Volume 1 Number 5) VFVC NEWSletter we reported that Blandin Foundation awarded a $30,000 grant to the Duluth Port Authority to conduct a feasibility study for construction of a centralized clay and pigment handling and inter-modal distribution facility at the Port of Duluth.

    According to the 2/24/05 Duluth News Tribune “The recently complete study indicates regional mills could benefit from the establishment of a kaolin clay-transfer station in Duluth.”

    Pigments and clays are used for coating paper by several paper mills in the Duluth region. However, Minnesota has no suitable clay resources of its own. The relatively high cost of rail transport in Minnesota makes importing the raw product too expensive for companies. The construction of a centralized pigment handling facility on the waterfront in Duluth would allow for the shipping of clay via water rather than rail, significantly lower costs and offer affordable backhaul opportunities for grain and other products.

    Adolph Ojard, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Post Authority said “Now that the feasibility study is complete, the next step probably will hinge on what kind of private-sector interest emerges in establishing a clay-handling facility in Duluth.”


    Vital Forests/Vital Communities Initiative: Summary of Baseline Condition Report

    This report provides baseline information that defines the starting condition for the Vital Forests/Vital Communities Initiative. Periodic updates will be used to identify the direction of change from the baseline conditions. Then two levels of evaluation will be used to define the role, if any, played by Initiative efforts in effecting that change.

    Read the Summary Report (.pdf)

    Read the Full Report (.pdf)



    August 16-17, 2005
    Grand Rapids, Minnesota

    Building the Capacity of Minnesota’s Wood Products Manufacturing Industry: Creating Our Edge

    Save the Date postcards are going out this week

    Click here for a sneak peek!

    Thank you for your interest in the Vital Forests/Vital Communities initiative. For more information, or to share any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at (218) 327-8728 or brjoselyn@blandinfoundation.org.


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