Woodlands of Minnesota Landowner Handbook

Smokechaser putting out a prescribe burn

What will you do with your woodland? Some landowners choose to "let nature take its course."

They believe that natural processes maintain their woods better than humans could, or that the costs of managing one's woodland are too great.

While this may be true in some situations, many of the natural processes that formed today's woodlands have been impaired by human activity and change in climate.

To help woodland owners better understand when to step in and help their woods or "let nature take its course" we have produced a series of Woodland Handbooks to help you understand the issues facing your woods and how to manage them. These handbooks contain information on the past and present condition of land in each your region, insight into some of the biggest challenges local woodland owners face, tips for making, and accomplishing goals for your woods, and a workbook to help you envision what your legacy will be.

Find your woodlands

Choose your woodland's location to learn more about your land and how you can manage it for many years to come.

Map of NCP sectionsChippewa Plains & Pine Moraine-Outwash PlainsLink to Mills Lacs Uplands and Glacial Lake Superoir PlainLink to Hardwood hills webpage

As a Minnesota woodland owner, your decisions play a role that affects the future of this rich, unique state. Whether your family has owned your property for generations or you are brand new to the woodland scene, or whether your interests are environmental, economic, recreational, or some combination of these, you can make a difference in the health of your landscape. Your decisions will affect the short- and long-term benefits for you and your family through active stewardship of your woodland. Download a copy of the woodland handbook for your location.