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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Cook & Lake counties burning restrictions

Wildfire risk remains high in the northeastern tip of Minnesota. Campfires for dispersed camping, open burning, and fireworks are restricted in Cook and Lake counties. Please review all burning restriction information before any outdoor activity.

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Take a scenic drive

Fall is a great time to take a scenic drive in a State Forest! Autumn always brings something interesting to see in the forest. Here are a few of our favorite State Forest fall drives.

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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.