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The current location of the prairie-forest border is shown with a solid black line. The potential future prairie-forest border, with unmitigated global warming by the late 21st century, is shown with a dashed line. (Image created by Lee Frelich)

State forests may disappear due to climate change according to University of Minnesota research paper

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DULUTH -- Substantial areas of what is now Northland forest may someday change to savanna or grassland, according to University of Minnesota scientists detailing the impacts of climate change in a newly published research paper.

The paper predicts Duluth-area forest types -- red and white pine, birch and aspen -- will recede northeast to about Thunder Bay, while prairie-like habitats now common in southern and central Minnesota will move into the North-land.

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