Woodlands of Minnesota Landowner Handbook

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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 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 on the map to learn more about your land and how you can manage it for many years to come. Currently, 8 out of the 10 locations on the map have content. The remaining locations should be completed by the end of 2021.

map of Minnesota showing the locations of the woodland books.link to harwood hills webpagelink to Chippewa Plains & Pine Moraine-Outwash Plainslink to Mille Lacs Uplands and Glacial Lake Superior Plainlink to Northern Superior Uplands websitelink to Rochester Plateau and Blufflandslink to St. Louis Morainves Tamarack LowlandsPrairie restoration handbookAnoka Sand Plain, Big Woods, and St. Paul-Baldwin Plains and Moraines handbook