Forestry Services

Forest Stewardship Plans

Become a woodland steward by actively managing your land for personal benefits, while protecting the quality of its natural resources for future generations.  If you own 20 acres or more of wooded land, contact our office for information about a woodland stewardship plan customized for your property and your interests.  

A written plan includes an inventory of your forest, sets long-term goals with possible funding for activities such as tree planting, timber stand thinning, timber harvesting, improving wildlife habitat, or creating a low-impact hiking trail. These plans are required for Minnesota's Tax Incentive Programs for woodland owners including Sustainable Forest Incentives Act (SFIA) and Class 2C Property Tax Incentive Programs.

Note: Conservation Activity Plans (CAP) offered through NRCS to landowners new to the planning process (see below) may also be used for MN tax incentive programs.

For more information about Forest Stewardship Plans and a list of other plan writers in your area visit: There is a fee. 

Tree Sale

Each year we provide our district's landowners an opportunity to purchase affordable conservation shrubs, deciduous trees and evergreens to help them reduce erosion on their property, protect water quality, increase energy conservation, improve wildlife habitat and in general, increase the aesthetics of their property.

Tree Care Tips for your Planting Project click here

Click here for animal repellent information.  Order directly from the website or purchase the 1 liter spray bottle or 1# powder from the SWCD.  One spray bottle will protect 100 - 1 foot plants. Powder formula is also available and will protect 300-400 one foot tall trees.

Tree Care

Please click here for the DNR's tree care guidelines.

Tree ID Cards for review click here

Soil Survey Website -  Click here for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil survey site.

Tax Relief Options for Forest Landowners Click Here for the My Minnesota Woods connection for information regarding the Green Acres Program or Sustainable Forest Incentives Act (SFIA).  Click here for a fact sheet regarding the Sustainable Forestry Incentives Act.