Land-Eligibility in SFIA

DNR forester and landowner walking in landowner's woodlands

To be eligible for SFIA, your land must:

  • Be at least 50 percent forested, as defined by Minnesota Statutes 88.01, subd. 7. Ask your forest management plan writer or a DNR forester if you need help interpreting this definition.
  • Be at least 20 contiguous acres. You may not add up smaller, separate pieces of land to reach 20 acres.
  • Have a current forest management plan registered with the DNR.
  • Be current on property taxes.
  • Have an SFIA covenant in place at the County Recorder's Office.

Non-forested land

Some types of non-forested land may be enrolled in SFIA, such as:

  • An open body of water that is less than three acres in size. Multiple water bodies are permitted. For example, if you have four ponds or open bodies of water that are each two acres in size, all eight acres would be eligible. But if you have one pond or open body of water that is five acres in size, then none of the pond or water body acres would be eligible.
  • Grasslands, wetlands, and brushlands that have a positive influence on local hydrology.

No more than 50 percent of each piece of enrolled land may be non-forested

Structures and Houses

Land with a structure on it is not eligible for SFIA. However, land surrounding a structure may qualify for SFIA. A minimum of three acres must be excluded for each improved structure that:

  • Is greater than 300 square feet or
  • Is used residentially on more than an occasional basis or
  • Provides water, sewer, or electrical hook ups for residential purposes.

This only applies to structures that are within the boundaries of the land being enrolled in SFIA.

Structures that are used exclusively to house and store forest management equipment may be eligible for SFIA.

Ineligible Lands and Parcels

Several types of land are not eligible for enrollment in SFIA.:

Although the types of land mentioned above are not eligible for SFIA, individual acres in the same parcel may still be considered for SFIA. Please email [email protected]  or call us at 651-259-5631 if you have questions about your land's eligibility.

Ineligible Parcels

An entire tax parcel is ineligible if any of the land within it is enrolled in or classified as:

  • Green Acres
  • Rural Preserve
  • Agricultural Preserves
  • Metropolitan Agricultural Preserves