Forests and trees enrich our lives in so many ways. Beyond their beauty, they provide shade and wildlife habitat. They are nature's water purification system, absorbing pollutants and trapping sediment before they pollute our lakes, rivers, and drinking water supplies.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it for hundreds and even thousands of years. They also provide timber products, food, and medicine, and generate jobs and economic opportunities.
Minnesota depends on its forests in many ways. They help filter drinking water, provide habitat for a diverse array of plants and animals, supply oxygen, moderate temperatures, and store atmospheric carbon. Forests are a beautiful playground and quiet outdoor retreat.
The DNR Takes Care of Trees
DNR's Division of Forestry manages the lifecycle of 5 million acres of Minnesota's forested land. From seed to harvest to reforestation, we care for the state's forested lands to ensure they remain strong and healthy for the next generation. It's a big job—one we take very seriously. Learn how we do it.