Division of Forestry

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DNR Forestry keeps Minnesota's forests and trees growing strong. Minnesota's 59 state forests, school trust acres, and other forested lands make up the 4.2 million acres we manage. Our forests need care and management to provide clean water and natural resources for future generations. With this in mind, we weave sustainability into all of our forest work—from what trees to plant, to what areas to harvest, to what places to preserve.

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Burning restrictions, permits & COVID-19

Township Fire Wardens may issue burning permits again. Not all Township Fire Wardens may choose to issue permits at this time. Contact your local Township Fire Warden or DNR Area Forestry Office to verify they are issuing permits.

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Spring burning restrictions begin

Warm temps and dry conditions in northwest Minnesota mean increased wildfire risk, so spring burning restrictions are now in effect. Additional counties will be added as conditions change. Check current fire risk and open burning restrictions.

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Performing research in State Forests

Are you looking to perform scientific research on state-managed forest lands? Please fill out our research application so we can help you get the appropriate permissions for your work.

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Attention, woodland owners!

Getting a woodland stewardship plan is the first step to making your woods healthy and meeting your landownership goals.

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New maps make it easier to visit Minnesota state forests

Find your way in the woods. Several new state forest maps are available in paper or for download to your mobile device today. Check out the list of updated maps.