Division of Forestry


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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May is Arbor Month

Increase your community’s resilience by planting trees that are adapted to Minnesota’s changing climate. More information on the Arbor Month page.

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Temporary state forest road, trail closures

Restrictions and closures are implemented as seasonal melting makes roads and trails too soft to support vehicle traffic without causing damage. For information on road and trail closures, visit the DNR’s road closure page.

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Campfire safety

Whether you're in a state forest or in your backyard, safety is key. Keep your fire to less than 3 feet diameter and 3 feet tall. Make sure an adult is always present. Learn how to build and extinguish a campfire.

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Protect your oak trees

Oak wilt is a disease that kills oaks. It’s spread by sap-eating beetles, attracted to wounds on oak. Don’t prune oak trees from April – July, when the beetles are most active.