Division of Forestry

tree lined Pine River in Crow Wing State Forest showing crystal clean water.

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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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.

stream running around rocks. Banks are tree covered.

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.

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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.

young girl standing by a newly planted tree with dog.

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.

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.