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Birch and conifer woods are seen along the Superior Hiking Trail. A report concludes that Minnesota’s northern forests could look vastly different a certury from now. (File / News Tribune)

Warmer climate means changes for Minnesota forests

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Minnesota’s northern forests are expected to look vastly different a century from now — with fewer spruce, tamarack and fir trees and more maple, oak and basswood — due to a warming climate.

That’s the finding of a major new study headed by the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station and released Thursday.

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