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.
Plant Exchanges and Invasives
Watch out for invasives at neighborhood plant exchanges—they look similar to natives but can destroy your garden. Check out this guide to terrestrial invasives before planting.
Protect your trees during summer construction
Heavy machinery driven over a tree’s roots can compact the soil and kill the tree. If you’re working on your house this summer, here are some tips to protect your trees from construction damage.
Celebrate Arbor Month!
Did you know 75 percent of us get our drinking water from Minnesota's forests? Learn why you should plant trees in your neighborhood, too.
Spring burning restrictions
Escaped debris fires are the #1 cause of wildfires in Minnesota. You must have a permit to burn debris and follow current burning restrictions.
Spring road and trail closures
Rapid snow melt throughout the state means some forest roads and trails may close for safety reasons. Check the road closure list before heading out!
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.