Division of Forestry

forest in fall colors of orange and green

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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Looking for an easy way to see Minnesota’s fall colors?

Take a drive through one of our 59 state forests!  Here are some suggested routes.

fire ring and wood pile.

Buy Local. Burn Local.

Help protect Minnesota's trees. Buy local firewood to avoid moving hitchhiking pests.
Learn more about firewood restrictions »

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Minnesota has four new national Big Tree Champions

The results are in, and Minnesota now has the biggest black willow, bigtooth aspen, and jack pine in the country; we're also home to the largest tamarack. Learn more about Minnesota's native big tree registry.

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. Updated Maps »