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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No burning permits will be issued by Township Fire Wardens

In responding to the COVID-19 virus, the health and safety of the public and our volunteer Fire Wardens is a top priority. Effective immediately, and until further notice, Minnesota's Township Fire Wardens will no longer issue burning permits.

Subject to area conditions, permits are available online or by calling your local DNR forestry office.

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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.

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Spring state forest road closures

During spring thaw roads may close to protect them from rutting. When these roads dry, they will be re-opened. Please check the state forest road closure web page to see current road conditions.

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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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Don’t move firewood

Invasive species can decimate a forest. Learn why you should buy local and burn local.

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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.