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Getting started with woodland stewardship

A conifer woodland with a mix of live and downed trees

If you own property with woodlands or are interested in stewarding woodlands owned by others, we've gathered resources and organizations that can help you become a successful woodland steward.

This starter guide is particularly useful for people interested in becoming stewards of woodlands greater than an acre in size and for those who do not have a history of woodland ownership in their families.

Learn about trees and woodlands

Minnesota’s forests and woodlands are diverse. From forests with many deciduous trees in southeastern Minnesota to the conifers that dominate much of northern Minnesota, there is the perfect tree and forest for everyone.


Find your woodland

Whether you own or will inherit or purchase woodlands in the future, or simply want to work in or volunteer to help steward woodlands, there is a path and a place for you.


Set goals for your woodland


Courses and events for woodland owners

There are no upcoming events scheduled at this time. See other natural resources events from Extension.

Reviewed in 2022

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