The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources welcomes applications from counties and tribal governments within Minnesota that manage forests and are in need of financial assistance to replant young forest stands damaged by the 2021 drought. The Minnesota legislature and governor have made $1.25 million available to fund projects through June 30, 2027. No minimum or maximum dollar limit exists, and match is not required. Funding can be used to replant bareroot and container seedlings, prepare planting sites, protect seedlings from deer browse, and tend seedlings to restore forest sites to their condition prior to drought damage.
All counties and tribal governments within Minnesota who manage forest land and have regenerating stands with seedlings that were damaged by the 2021 drought may apply.
Priority will be given to:
- Counties or tribal governments who have trained forestry staff. Staff name and working title must be listed in application to be considered.
- Counties or tribal governments who manage forest lands, have a recent forest management plan, or have natural resource plans that include their forest lands.
- Projects that benefit underserved populations and areas of concern for environmental justice (communities with higher populations of low-income residents, or people of color, including tribal communities, or both).
On reforestation sites damaged by the 2021 drought, grantees can use funds to pay for the services and materials to restore previously reforested sites. Damage defined by DNR Regeneration Monitoring Procedures and Standards are sites falling below the minimum standard for cover-type, floristic region, and age of planting. This is a 100% pass-through grant.
- Reforestation site preparation
- Tree seedling planting
- Protection from deer browse
- Release of seedlings from competition
- Tree seedlings for reforestation planting
Required stand condition for funding
Stands must be less than 10-years-old where measurable tree seedling mortality occurred due to the drought of 2021. Use the threshold below to determine if a site is eligible for funding:
|Age of Project Stand|
Eligibility based on tree density (trees/acre; TPA) and stocking (%)
< 5 year old
Eligible if below 600 TPA and 75% stocking
5-10 year old
Eligible if below 500 TPA and 75% stocking
The Reforestation Grants Steering Committee, made up of DNR Forestry staff and select stakeholders, will recommend projects and award amounts. The steering committee will evaluate all eligible and complete applications received by the deadline. DNR will review all committee recommendations and is responsible for final award decisions. The award decisions of DNR are final and not subject to appeal.
RFA posted on the DNR website
October 12, 2022
Application period closed (first request)
December 12, 2022
RFA re-posted on the MNDNR website (second request)
January 9, 2023
On a first-come-first-serve basis: selection, negotiations, work plan approval, contracting (second request)
January 9, 2023 - February 23, 2023
Application period closed (second request)
February 23, 2023
How to apply
- Thoroughly read through the Request for Applications
- Download and complete the Application
- Download and fill out the Attachment A
- Submit the Application and Attachment A to [email protected] by February 23, 2023
- Awards will be made on a first-come first-serve basis until grant funds are expended.