Minnesota Forests for the Future Program
The Minnesota Forests for the Future Program was established by the 2008 Minnesota Legislature (Minnesota Statutes, Section 84.66). It builds on the success of the Forest Legacy Program and uses federal Forest Legacy funds as one of its funding sources.
- conserves private forest lands throughout the state that, in combination with public forest lands, provide public recreational access, timber production and other economic opportunities, and ecological values, including habitat protection
- defines a comprehensive set of goals, strategies, and targets that respond to land development and fragmentation, climate change, recreational access, and changes in the forest economy.
- builds on past efforts that used federal, state, and private funds to acquire easements on more than 330,000 acres of private forest land in the past 10 years.