The 1999 Blowdown Storm: Looking Back After 20 Years

Blowdown Series: Part three, ‘Blowin in the Wind’

In part three of WTIP’s commemorative look back on the 1999 Boundary Waters Blowdown storm, we hear we hear about what the weather event did to Minnesota forests both during and after the storm.

Telling their stories and describing the forest scene following the storm are Cathy Quinn from the U.S. Forest Service and Lee Frelich with the University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology.

The forests of the Boundary Waters region were altered dramatically because of the storm, as controlled burns and multiple wildfires swept through the region during the past two decades. These fires, coupled with the toppling of trees during the July 4 storm, will reshape the forest landscape for generations to come.