In-conference tour

We will run two concurrent tours, each traveling on its own coach bus to the same two sites in reverse order. Both buses will depart from Superior Street on the north side of the Fitger’s Complex at 12:30pm Tuesday, July 9.

Note: All tour participants must wear boots (recommended) or sturdy closed-toed shoes.


Each tour will visit the following locations:

Pat and Dan Billman property. Pat and Dan are family woodland owners with property offering a dramatic vista of Lake Superior’s north shore. They are committed to restoring long-lived conifers and red oak as well as cleaning up an active spruce budworm outbreak. We’ll hear their story of building connections with other woodland owners and service providers, and a whole lot of work to achieve their ambitious conservation goals.

Louisiana-Pacific Siding Mill. LP opened a mill in Two Harbors, Minnesota in 1985. The mill began producing their Smartside® brand engineered wood siding in 1997. The mill consumes about 320 cords of wood per day. During the production process, logs are debarked, then shaved into thin chips that are then mixed with wax and resins and pressed and finished to produce siding. (Required personal protective gear other than boots will be provided on site.)

Both buses will return to Duluth no later than 5:40pm on Tuesday, leaving time to prepare to board the Vista Star at 7:00pm.