Forestry Division


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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Red flag warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for northern and western Minnesota effective Sunday, May 28 from noon until 9 p.m.

Affected counties include Becker, Beltrami, Big Stone, Cass, Chippewa, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac Qui Parle, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, St Louis County, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin, and Yellow Medicine.

Air Quality Alert

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an Air Quality Alert for north central Minnesota down throughout the southeast from noon May 28 through May 29 at 8 pm. Burning permits will not be issued or activated in areas with an Air Quality Alert.

Counties include Aitkin, Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Kanabec, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Nicollet, Olmstead, Pine, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Winona, and Wright.

female forester measuring tree.

Woodland owners, we need your help!

Participate in a forest inventory pilot project. Woodland owners with land in the project area or within Morrison County are eligible to participate. Learn more on the Resource Assessment webpage.

copper color pine seedling that dead from lack of water.

Need help replacing drought-killed seedlings?

We have special funds to cover costs for woodland owners to replace seedlings killed by drought. Fund are available through June 30, 2027. Check out the activities that are eligible.