Your Own Forest

As Minnesota private forest landowners, you have access to a variety of educational and technical assistance programs to help you manage forested properties for timber, wildlife, recreation, soil conservation, water quality and many other benefits. This fact sheet contains information about those resources, including where to buy your own trees.

Private Sources

Forest industry programs will assist forest landowners in developing a forest management plan specific to 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. For more information on these programs, contact:

Boise, Inc.

Private Forest Management Program
400 Third Avenue E.
International Falls, MN 56649
(218) 285-5334


Potlatch Forest Products Corporation

Private Forest Management Program
P.O. Box 504
105 Arch Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-0403


Sappi North America

Chris Martland
20 North 22nd Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 878-4322


UPM, Blandin Paper Mill

Woodland Management Assistance Program
115 S.W. First Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 327-6644


Verso Corporation

100 North Central Avenue
Duluth, MN 55807
(218) 628-5100


Minnesota Logger Education Program

The Minnesota Logger Education Program (MLEP) provides a formal program of continuing education for logging contractors and their employees. Course offerings include safety, forest management topics, environmental issues, logging practices, first aid, insurance and business practices. MLEP members must complete required and optional classes on an annual basis. For more information or to obtain a list of loggers who have completed this program, contact:

Rachel Petereson
1111 Cloquet Avenue, Suite 7
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-5633


Minnesota Association of Consulting Foresters

Forestry Consultants provide a wide range of services that include timber appraisals, marketing assistance, management plans, timber stand improvement, tree planting and pest management, Constultant 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:
Leland Kessler
Minnesota Association of Consulting Foresters
35003 Red Pine Road
Deer River, MN 56636
(218) 326-1130


Public Sources

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry provides information and technical assistance to private forest landowners, 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 55155-4040
(651) 296-6157 or 888-MINNDNR

The Minnesota Extension Service can provide you with information on a wide variety of forestry topics. Extension offices are available statewide. A 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 Resources Extension

University of Minnesota
College of Natural Resources
116 Green Hall
1530 Cleveland Avenue N.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 624-3020

Soil and Water Conservatino 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 diresctory under either "U.S. Government" or "County Government," or log on to



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 W. Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 722-5013


The Minnesota Forestry Association is Minnesota's oldest conservation organization. Founded in 1876, its mission is to promote wise stewardship of forestlands. It serves as an advocate for private forest landowners with Minnesota's public agencies and legislature. Members receive a bi-monthly newsletter, Better Forests magazine, and may attend educational programs on forest management. For more information contact:

Minnesota Forestry Association

P.O. Box 496
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Questions About Trees in Your Yard

Even if you do not own forestland, the trees on your property are important aesthetically. They provide shade during a hot summer day and microhabitats for wildlife. It is only normal that when one of the trees on your property starts to experience health problems that you become concerned. Below are some sources to contact that would be helpful in answering questions about individual trees on your property.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Urban Forestry Program
(651) 296-9110
Minnesota Extension Service
University of Minnesota
Room 20 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN
(612) 625-1915

Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

P.O. Box 130307
St. Paul, MN 55113
(651) 633-4987

Or look in your phone directory for "City Parks Director," "City Forester" or "Local Extension Agent."

Where to Buy Trees

If you're thinking of starting your own forest - or adding to the one you have - you may contact your local nurseries or one of these sources to buy trees.

DNR State Forest Nurseries

General Andrews Nursery
P.O. Box 95
Willow River, MN 55795
(218) 372-3183

Badoura Nursery
13885 State Highway 64
Akeley, MN 56433
(218) 652-2385

Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

P.O. Box 13037
St. Paul, MN 55113
(651) 633-4987

Soil and Water Conservation Districts

To locate the district closest to you, log on to