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Forestry - Minnesota

Forestry is the science and management of forests to enhance and maintain its productivity based on the objectives and goals of its owner combined with the ecological capabilities of the land.

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use


Forests and woodlots are constantly changing. To get the most out of your property to meet your wildlife, recreational, aesthetic, economic goals, or some type of regular management will be necessary. Getting the most out of your woods can be a challenge on your own. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you.

Whether you are interested in wood products, wildlife, recreation, or scenery, proper management of your forest will help you achieve your goals and interests. If you haven’t been managing your woods, consider starting today.

Forest management is providing your forest with the care it needs to remain healthy and provide the benefits you desire. Forest management considers all parts of the forest community: soil, water, plants, animals, birds, and air, as well as the trees. The goal of forest management is a healthy, sustainable forest that accommodates any number of uses.

Common Minnesota Forestry Conservation Practices

Forest Stand Improvement
Woody Residue Treatment
Wildlife Habitat
Tree/Shrub Planting
Brush Management
Forest Management Plan (FMP)

Additional Minnesota Forestry Resources


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