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
Benefits of forest stand improvement:
- Increase forest product quantity and quality, and restore natural plant communities
- Improve vigor; initiate forest stand regeneration
- Achieve desired crop tree stocking and density levels and increase carbon storage
- Reduce potential damage from wildfire, pests, and moisture stress
- Improve aesthetics, recreation, and wildlife habitat
Woody Residue Treatment
Benefits of improved wildlife habitat include:
- Increasing fruit and mast(nuts)
- Improving forest structure
- Increasing forest diversity for forest wildlife including ruffed grouse, deer, wild turkey, woodcock, songbirds, etc.
Benefits of tree/shrub planting:
- Provides wildlife habitat
- Protects soil from eroding
- Improves air and water quality
- Sequesters carbon
- Enhances the aesthetics of an area
Benefits of brush management:
- Removes competition so beneficial vegetation can re-establish.
- Creates desired plant community
- Improves wildlife habitat
- Enhances tree regeneration
- Increases tree growth and health
Forest Management Plan (FMP)
Benefits of a Forest Management Plan:
- Provides suggested activities to meet your forest objectives
- Guides long-term sustainable woodlands
- Plans out practices for program assistance
Developing a Plan for Forest Management (2.16 MB)
Additional Minnesota Forestry Resources
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
DNR Foresters can work with private landowners to provide assistance with Forest Stewardship program and state cost-share programs.
Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation Districts
District Foresters work with private landowners and NRCS to provide technical and cost-share assistance.
University of Minnesota Extension
Practical and useful information for managing woodlots, invasive species as well as agroforestry related topics.
Minnesota Forest Resources Council
Minnesota Forest Management Guidelines are found here.