Utilization and Marketing Program

Products made from trees.

Minnesota is home to 17.3 million acres of forests. Purchasing wood products made in Minnesota supports jobs and family forest owners by bringing money into rural areas. Nearly 300 Minnesota cities sell goods and services to the forest products industry. Statewide forest products manufacturing facilities sustain and enrich local communities by providing jobs, taxes and infrastructure. The forest products industry is Minnesota's fifth largest manufacturing sector by employment. It provides over $16 billion in economic impact and creates 62,800 jobs.

Thirty percent of all wood fiber in Minnesota comes from DNR-administered forest lands. This wood fiber is used primarily to make paper, pulp, engineered wood products, lumber, pallets, animal bedding, biomass energy and specialized cellulose for products like clothing.

DNR Forestry's Utilization and Marketing Program provides technical assistance to public and private individuals and organizations to:

  • help "stretch" the timber resource
  • help wood manufacturers be more efficient users of wood residue and more efficient product manufacturers by providing them with information on the latest technology
  • aid in decision making that results in sustainable economic development
  • harness market forces to provide enhanced opportunities for sustainable forest management.

Sustainable timber harvest and efficient and wise utilization of our wood resources are crucial to maintain a healthy economy and environment because most forest management is done through commercial timber harvesting and wood-using industries are an important element of Minnesota's economy.



Available resources


Wood industry directories

Twin Cities wood utilization information

Marketing assistance for wood-based businesses

Information and reports on forest resources and wood use

Special forest products information

Special forest products (SFPs)

Special, or nontimber, forest products include plants that can be used for a variety of purposes, including botanical and medicinal (e.g., ginseng, goldenseal), foods (e.g., mushrooms, berries), decorative (e.g., boughs, spruce tops, birch bark, ferns), seeding (restoration and nursery stock), and and woodwork (e.g., diamond willow sticks, burls).

Links to additional Utilization and Marketing

For more information, check these sites:

  • Doug Tillma, U&M Supervisor, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, 651-259-5289; [email protected]
  • Kristen Bergstrand, Timber Utilization and Marketing Consultant, 483 Peterson Rd. Grand Rapids, MN 55744, 218-322-2511; [email protected]
  • U & M Coordinator, vacant
  • Mike Wachholz, Southern/Central Region U&M Contact, Lake City, MN; 651-345-3216 ext 242; [email protected]
  • Donald Deckard, Forest Economist, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, 651-259-5287; [email protected]