Harvest permits on state lands

DNR forester and landowner walking in landowner's woodlands

You do not need a permit to collect small amounts of berries, mushrooms, or cones from a State Forest for personal use. You also do not need a permit to collect dead fuelwood for fires while in a State Forest.

However, you must obtain a permit from a DNR Forestry office to:

  • Cut or remove any trees or plants for any reason (birch bark, birch sticks, trees and shrubs).
  • Remove wood from state land boundaries.
  • Harvest Christmas trees, decorative tops, or boughs. Due to increased interest in permits for these special forest products this season, please note:
    • Payment and permitting is being done by mail. Make sure you call ahead and inquire about the process with the local DNR office.
    • It will likely take a week to process your permit. Please plan accordingly.
    • Payment by check is accepted, no credit cards.
    • State forest coniferous trees are not sheared or shaped like Christmas trees found at a tree farm or lot. They may have more sparse appearance.
    • Balsam and white spruce tend to be found in the northern half of Minnesota.
  • Collect a large amount of berries, mushrooms, or dead fuelwood for personal use or for sale.
  • Tap trees for maple syrup for personal use or for sale.

Read more about the license and permit requirements for harvesting decorative forest products.

DNR Forestry offices may issue permits for harvesting items in State Forests and on other DNR Forestry- or Wildlife-managed land, including:

  • Wildlife Management Areas
  • Consolidated county lands
  • Forestry-acquired lands
  • Trust fund lands

Permits must be obtained from the DNR Forestry office closest to the State Forest or DNR Forestry- or Wildlife-managed land on which you wish to collect items.

For more information, contact your local DNR Forestry office.