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Tree planting

A 3-year-old Norway pine on Todd and Glennda Erickson's property in Wadena County is the one billionth tree produced by the DNR State Nursery program.

The tree was planted appropriately enough during Arbor Week last week.

DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten and DNR Forestry Director Dave Epperly were on hand to celebrate the landmark.

DNR State Nurseries are celebrating their 80th anniversary this spring, and have provided more than 1,400,000 acres of seedlings for state lands, county lands and private landowners from across Minnesota since 1929. Most of the planted forests in Minnesota are the result of seedlings produced from Minnesota's State Forest Nurseries.