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.
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.
Minnesota 2020 State Forest Action Plan
The new plan highlights how DNR and partners keep forests working while ensuring a future with clean water and natural resources. Local governments, industry and landowners have a stake in these sustainable forest management strategies.
Protect the forest by using only clean gear
No matter how you enjoy Minnesota's state forests and other public lands, prevent the spread of invasive plants and pests by cleaning your vehicles, gear and pets before and after visiting.
Best native yard trees for our changing climate
Planting a diversity of trees will make your yard more resilient to climate change. A new map helps you find the best native yard trees for our changing climate based on area.
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.