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

  • Estimated Impacts of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on Ash Timber Supply in Minnesota analyzes potential annual ash timber volumes under several emerald ash borer mortality scenarios to inform marketing strategies for ash timber.
  • Economic Contribution of Minnesota's Forest Products Industry2011 edition Forest products manufacturing is the fifth largest manufacturing sector in Minnesota with a total economic impact of $17.1 billion shipments, $6.9 billion value added, 86,775 jobs, and an estimated total state and local tax impact of $621 million. Approximately 40 percent of all forest products manufactured in the state are used locally, with the balance being shipped to other states and exported. For timber harvested in Minnesota, the value added impact of primary manufacturing is $230 per cord and $24 per $1 stumpage value.
  • Softwood Sawtimber Supply Analysis contains information useful to informing discussion and decisions affecting softwood resource management while maintaining a healthy softwood sawtimber industry and healthy, productive forests.
  • Development of Procedures to Assess Brushland Resources for Woody Biomass Energy Markets Brushlands have the potential to provide biomass for energy, particularly in northern regions where these land types are common. A pilot project was completed to assess shrubland density over a several-county area using a combination of onsite biomass measurement and remote sensing. Additionally, a simple technique for appraising brushland biomass volumes for markets was developed for use by field resource managers.
  • Minnesota Logged Area Residue Analysis Logged area residue is the wood material remaining on a site after merchantable timber has been harvested. The type of material typically left is the tops of harvested trees, branches, leaves. Standing trees too small to harvest or reserved clones within the harvest area; and wood that has an underdeveloped market or is a poor form and thus not marketable.
  • Ash Listening Sessions - were held to inform development of an ash utilization and marketing plan to help minimize negative ecological and economic impacts of emerald ash borer. Executive summary Full report
  • Minnesota's Forest Resources is an annual publication with information on Minnesota's forest resources and forest industry and trends impacting them.
  • Minnesota Wood Waste Studies—1994 identifies volumes of wood wastes generated in a number of categories and quantifies how these wastes are currently disposed of or used.
  • A Report on West Central Minnesota's Red Cedar Resource 2004 thru 2006 presents an analysis of the red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) resource and potential markets in west-central Minnesota.
  • Minnesota Residential Fuelwood Survey is part of a long-term effort to monitor trends in the use of fuelwood by residential households and the impact of fuelwood on timber harvest levels.

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:

Utilization and Marketing staff

  • Scott Burns, Timber Utilization and Marketing Program Coordinator, 483 Peterson Rd. Grand Rapids, MN 55744, 218-322-2514
  • Kristen Bergstrand, Timber Utilization and Marketing Consultant, 483 Peterson Rd. Grand Rapids, MN 55744, 218-322-2511
  • Mike Wachholz, Southern/Central Region Timber Utilization and Marketing Contact, Lake City, MN; 651-345-3216 ext 242
  • Donald Deckard, Forest Economist, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, 651-259-5287
  • Jon Drimel, Utilization and Marketing Supervisor, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155