Lake Superior Project

LSProject: Did extensive logging impact Lake Superior fishing?

Northeast Minnesota experienced extensive “slash and burn” logging during the late 1800s and early 1900s. As a result, streams and rivers became highways for moving the logs, and the “slash” from logging covered the landscape resulting in soil erosion and forest fires. In this two-part series, producer Martha Marnocha talked with Dr. Michael Risku to learn about the impact of the logging industry on the North Shore’s whitefish and lake trout populations during the early 20th century.