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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Back country skiing in a Minnesota state forest

Get off the grid! Glide through powdery untracked snow in a forest of quiet beauty. Check out our Ski Pass map to find trails through a Minnesota State Forest.

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Black spruce cones - needed now

The State Forest Nursery needs people in the northeast and northwest regions to harvest black spruce cones. Help us meet spring 2020 reforestation goals and make some extra money too.

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Don’t move firewood

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

view of the six new state forest paper maps.

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.