Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer

DNR forester and landowner walking in landowner's woodlands

Woodland Stewardship Plans are written by professional foresters who are approved by the DNR Division of Forestry for woodland owners with 20 to 5,000. Plan writers must have associate or bachelors in a natural resources field and mentoring in plan writing. They must pass an exam and each year complete continuing education courses approved by the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences.

The cost for a Woodland Stewardship Plan depends on who writes it and the size of your woods. For example, the fee for a DNR forester to write a plan is $300 + $7 per acre. Unless you have a plan writer in mind, ask two or three for a quote and their availability to meet your deadline. Private consulting foresters write most plans. Find a Stewardship plan writer in your area for a quote to write your Woodland Stewardship Plan.

Benefits of having a stewardship plan for your property included:

  • Eligibility for incentive programs such as the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA) or 2c Managed Forest Land can be up to $9.71 acres for up to 1,920 acres up and $13.45 for more than 1,920 acres enrolled.
  • Having a better understanding of your woods, such as:
    • reliable field inventory of the forest types present
    • description of the surrounding landscape
    • maps, drawings, or photos of your property
    • list of management practices to meet your goals and when to complete them.
  • Improved health, beauty, and wildlife habitat by actively managing your woods over the long-term.

Plan if you're considering having a Woodland Stewardship Plan written. The demand for a Woodland Stewardship Plan can be high at times. Reach out to a plan writer 8 to 12 months in advance if you're considering signing up for Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA) or 2c Managed Forest Land tax incentive programs.

View the map and table below to find an approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer for your woods.

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Stewardship Plan Writers


More information about the map

Who is on the map? The map includes public and private sector natural resource professionals approved to write Woodland Stewardship Plans in Minnesota. This data is maintained by the Sustainable Forests Education Co-operative (SFEC).

When will the map be updated? Quarterly. We expect to make updates on or about the first of January, April, July, and October each year.

If you are an approved plan writer and need to update your contact information, please email the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative.

Tips for using the map:

  • If there are overlapping pins, click on one of the pins; this will select them all. You can then scroll through the multiple selections by clicking on the arrow in the upper right corner of the pop-up.
    • The pin indicates the mailing address of the plan writer, not the county in which the writer works. Many plan writers work in multiple counties.
  • In some versions of Chrome, you may not be able to get plan writer results when you click on a pin. Instead, use the searchable table or different web browsers, such as Edge, Firefox, or Safari.

Search for plan writer using the searchable table.

  • Use the Search box to filter your search by entering the type, contact name, or county, and hit "enter."
  • You can sort the table by clicking on the up and down arrows at the end of each column.

About the data

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