Do you own woodlands in rural Minnesota? Are you looking to practice good forest stewardship on your land? If so, there is money available to share the costs of your woodland projects.
Over $500,000 is available through June 30, 2017, or until funds run out. An anticipated $400,000 will be available from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
Taking care of your woodlands benefits all Minnesotan's by:
Financial assistance to woodland owners for completing projects to practice good forest stewardship on their land. A typical project is between 3 and 20 acres but could be smaller or larger depending on land goals. Whether you want to maintain wildlife habitat, promote biodiversity, prevent wildfires, produce firewood, or just create an enjoyable place to escape, we can help.
There are a number of projects eligible for cost-share support before June 30, 2017. Below are just a few examples.
Reforestation and tree planting:
Forest health and protection:
Wildlife habitat enhancement:
Soil and water protection and improvement:
Riparian or fisheries habitat and improvement:
Woodland stewardship plans:
Funds can also be used for creating or updating woodland stewardship plans, which will help you better understand your woods and what you need to do to accomplish goals for your land.
A $300 payment will be made to the landowner if the following is met:
For more information on Woodland Stewardship Plans, go to the Forest Stewardship web page.
Woodland owners in Minnesota can receive up to $10,000 per year for activities in their woods. No minimum acreage. Stewardship Plans are not required. Eligible activities will be approved by a DNR Cooperative Forest Management (CFM) forester. A CFM forester cooperates or works with private land owners and partners.
Yard landscaping projects are not eligible for cost-share support. Pastured or grazed lands are not eligible.
Contact a DNR CFM forester where your property is located to start an application. They will work with you to develop a project plan that meets your goals. You can do the work or hire a contractor. After completing your project, a DNR forester inspects your project to verify it was completed. Once approved, you receive payment from the DNR based on the type of work done.