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Managing your woodlands

Learn to care for your woodlands

About 40 percent of Minnesota's woodlands are privately owned. Caring for our forests is often the job of private landowners.

Our forestry programs offer information and learning opportunities for anyone interested in protecting and improving their woodlands.

Carbon in trees and woodlands

Trees are a natural climate solution. Woodland owners can implement management strategies to store or sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Learn about the carbon in Minnesota’s trees and woodlands

Managing different forest types

Below, we list forests by species, but there are many ways to classify and describe forest types.

For example, if you’re an advanced woodland owner or professional, you may also want to familiarize yourself with the Ecological Classification System from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The system describes and maps progressively smaller areas of Minnesota's four biomes or ecological provinces.

Knowing the tree species present in your woods is important in order to make proper management decisions.


Harvesting timber

Get the most out of your forest by improving its health and harvesting in a way that achieves woodland goals.

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