State Forests

Whiteface River State Forest


Forest Landscape: The terrain in the forest is mostly level. Its wet to lowland area, while giving the forest a real "wilderness" feel, makes it a difficult place to access.

Management Activities: Timber harvesting, reforestation, and wildlife habitat improvements occur in the forest. The DNR also protects the forest and surrounding area from wildfires. The DNR manages 55 percent of the forest, with the rest managed by St. Louis County.

History: Many acres of the land homesteaded in Minnesota's north and central regions were found unsuitable for agriculture and reverted to state ownership through tax delinquency. Upon examination, however, these lands were found to be valuable for timber production and maintenance of necessary ground cover.

Acres: 4,468

Year Estab: 1963


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