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Woodland ownership

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.

Managing different forest types in Minnesota

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.


Stewardship planning

A woodland stewardship plan from the Minnesota DNR can help you identify and achieve goals for your land. 

Woodland Stewardship: A Practical Guide for Midwestern Landowners, 3rd Edition provides information for woodland owners interested in identifying goals for their property and working with a professional forester to choose the best management practices. The book is also available in print


Managing your woods

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


Goods from your woods

Minnesota forests offer more than timber. You can produce nuts and fruit, make maple syrup or gather wild plants for food or decorations.

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