Minnesota Forest Legacy Program

Program facts

  • The Forest Legacy Program was established by the 1990 Farm Bill. It provides grants to the state of Minnesota to identify and protect important private forest lands threatened by conversion to nonforest uses.
  • The state of Minnesota has identified 14 candidate Forest Legacy Areas containing important forests in need of protection. Several candidate Forest Legacy Areas have been activated by going through a public review process.
  • To be considered for the Forest Legacy Program, a tract of land must lie partially or entirely within an activated Forest Legacy Area.
  • DNR Forestry accepts applications pdf from landowners and works with the Minnesota Forest Stewardship Committee to decide which applications to submit for funding.
  • When an application is funded, an independent appraiser determines the value of the conservation easement. The purchase of the conservation easement is based on the concept of willing seller–willing buyer. Once purchased, the development rights are held by the state in perpetuity. The state will monitor the easement annually to ensure that the terms of the easement are being followed.

More information


photo: Screen capture of Sugar Hill Forest Legacy video

Watch a video This link leads to a video. Forest Legacy Project and Sugar Hills conservation easement

graphic a Project Staus Map

Minnesota Forest Legacy Project status map

* WMV files for Windows playable with the Windows Media Player for broadband Internet connections such as a cable modem or DSL

For more information on the Forest Legacy Program in Minnesota contact:

Richard Peterson
Forest Legacy Program Coordinator
1810 30th Street Northwest
Faribault, MN 55021
tel. 507-333-2012
fax. 507-333-2008
richard.f.peterson@state.mn.us