Did you know approximately 40% of Minnesota’s woodlands are privately owned? Forested lands provide many services to you, and to surrounding communities at the county, state, national, and global scale. By providing habitat for wildlife, clean water, timber and wood products, carbon sequestration, and good air quality, everyone benefits from well managed forests. Your property is an important puzzle piece in the landscape ecology.
Many agencies offer financial assistance programs for landowners in order to assist you with managing your forest to meet your goals whether that be improving wildlife habitat, encouraging fast growth of profitable timber, or ensuring your trees remain healthy for your family and future generations to enjoy. Below are brief summaries of different programs that are commonly utilized by landowners in the area.
The District offers a free site visit and consultation for landowners with land management and tree care questions and concerns. Ask our Forester your land management and tree care questions including insect, pest, disease, timber harvesting, planting and other landscape questions. We can help identify issues, propose solutions plus explain and navigate the numerous options available for your forest management project.
Woodland Stewardship Plans are formal written plans that provide an overview of the landscape, technical advice, and long-range forest management planning. Plans are tailored to your specific goals and interests while maintaining the sustainability of the landscape. Woodland stewardship plans are an excellent starting point for any forested-land owner interested in learning more about their resources and caring for the future of Minnesota forests.
The District charges a plan writing fee of $300 plus $9 per acre. You can also have a private forester write the plan if you wish. Be sure they are certified to write a forest stewardship plan if you intend to enroll your acres in a state or federal program.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP, is a federal program that offers financial assistance to landowners wanting to manage natural resources or install sustainable land use equipment or strategies. Our foresters work closely with the USDA- Natural Resource Conservation Service to assist local landowners in applying for this program.