Forestry Assistance

The type of forestry assistance desired by a landowner will vary. If you are a landowner just beginning to manage your forest land, you may first want to seek assistance from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry. A state forester will be able to assist you in identifying your management objectives. The amount of time that a state forester can spend on your property, however, is limited. Landowners of large properties or those contemplating a timber harvest may want to seek assistance from an industry forester or a private consulting forester.

Some sources of forestry assistance available to the forest landowners of Minnesota are described below.


Private Sources:

Forest industry programs will assist forest landowners in developing a forest management plan specific for their property. There is no fee and landowners retain their rights to make implementation decisions. In return for company services, a landowner may be asked to grant the company the right to purchase timber for a specified time. Blandin, Packaging Corporation of America, Potlatch, and Sappi all offer a landowners assistance program. For more information on individual company programs, contact:

UPM Blandin Lands and Forestry
Woodland Management Assistance Program
PO Box 407
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Packaging Corporation of America
Private Forest Management Program
400 Third Avenue East
International Falls, MN

Potlatch Forest Products Corp.
50518 Co. Road 45
Bemidji, MN 56601

Sappi North America
Chris Martland
Cloquet, MN 55720

Forestry Consultants provide a wide range of services that include timber appraisals, marketing assistance, management plans, timber stand improvement, tree planting and pest management. An advantage of a consulting forester is that he is working for you and has no conflicts of interests with timber industry or public agencies. Consultant fees are based on an hourly rate, a percentage, or other basis mutually agreed upon by the landowner and consultant. The Minnesota Association of Consulting Foresters can furnish a list of its members. To receive a listing contact:

Chris Brokl, President
Minnesota Association of Consulting Foresters
4928 Bittersweet Road N.E., 
P.O. Box 1171
Bemidji, MN 56619



Public Sources:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry provides information and technical assistance to private forest landowners. There are generally no charges for DNR services, however, fees may be charged for services that pertain to timber sales. DNR services are limited to four days per ownership per year. Local DNR offices are usually listed in the telephone directory under "Minnesota." You may also contact:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Forestry
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4044
651/259-5261 or 888/646-6367

Minnesota Extension Service can provide you with information on a wide variety of forestry topics. There is an extension office in every county. The county extension agent can help you find educational materials or refer you to a specialist. Your county extension agent can be found in the telephone directory under the county name. You may also contact:

Forest Resource Extension
University of Minnesota
116 Green Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) help the public locate resource information and provide technical assistance to woodland owners. The SWCD additionally provides funding for access roads, firebreaks, and other activities. For more information, contact the local SWCD office listed in the telephone directory under either U.S. or County Government.

The Minnesota Tree Farm System is part of the American Tree Farm System. Landowners who become members of the Tree Farm System work with a professional forester to develop a forest management plan for their woodland. A forester will then inspect the woodland every five years and update the forest management plan accordingly. In return the forest landowner agrees to follow the plan and protect the woodland from fire, disease, and grazing. This service is offered at no cost. For more information contact:

Minnesota Tree Farm Committee
903 Medical Arts Building
324 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

The Minnesota Forestry Association is a landowner member association that promotes intensive forest management to achieve greater production of timber products, forest wildlife, and expanded recreational opportunities. Members receive the publication Minnesota Forests and may attend periodic educational programs on forest management. For more information contact:

Minnesota Forestry Association
P.O. Box 496
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 1-800-821-TREE (8733)