State forests are here for you today and tomorrow.
Minnesota's 58 state forests were established to produce timber and other forest crops, provide outdoor recreation, protect watersheds, and perpetuate rare and distinctive species of native flora and fauna. The DNR applies multiple-use management to meet the needs of Minnesota citizens. Management activities include timber harvesting, reforestation, wildlife habitat improvement, and recreational development. Wildlife management includes creating permanent openings in the forest to produce forage for white-tailed deer and planting shrubs to produce seeds and berries to benefit birds. The DNR also protects the forest and surrounding areas from wildfires.
DNR's state forest management goals are:
- forest health and protection
- forest diversity
- forest productivity
- forest legacy, and stewardship programs
- forest recreation