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South St. Louis SWCD is providing forestry technical assistance to public and private landowners, to promote responsible and sustainable forestry in Minnesota. Healthy forests are key to maintaining our waters, wildlife, and landscape.

Consulting and Site Visits
South St. Louis SWCD offers free site visits and consultation by our forestry technician for landowners with land management and tree care questions and concerns. This includes insect, pest, and disease concerns, as well as timber harvesting, planting, and other landscape questions. We can provide unbiased advice to help identify issues, come up with potential solutions, and explain and navigate the numerous options available when it comes to taking on forest management projects.

To schedule a visit with our forester Beth, email bethk@southstlouisswcd.org, or call our office at 218-723-4867.

foreststewardshipForest Stewardship Planning
Forest Stewardship Plans are formal written plans that provide an overview of the landscape, technical advice, and long-range forest management planning. Plans are tailored to your specific goals and interests, while maintaining the sustainability of the landscape.

Forest Stewardship Plans are an excellent starting point for any forest landowner interested in learning more about their resources and caring for the future of Minnesota forests. They are a good first step when taking on any forest management project such as tree planting or timber harvesting.

Landowners with a current Forest Stewardship Plan and other eligible lands can enroll in State property tax relief programs, including the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA), and 2c Managed Forest Lands. See additional resources to the right for more information.

What's the process for Forest Stewardship Plans?
Our forester will meet with you, conduct an inventory of your land, assess local and broader landscape level factors, and write the plan. Plans include an aerial photo of your land, map of the plant communities and cover types, an overview of management options, and predicted future conditions. Once finished, your forester can help you navigate any next steps.

Plans cover topics including wildlife habitat, trail and access construction, timber harvesting, tree planting, and insect and disease issues.

How do I start my plan?
Contact our office if you have questions, or call to set up a free site visit to start discussing your property, goals, and options. Our office charges plan writing fees based on how many acres are to be included in the plan. Call 218-723-4867 or email bethk@southstlouisswcd.org. You can also read the Woodland Stewardship Book (UM Extension) to get an idea of what it entails.

Additional Resources

General Forestry
Minnesota Forestry Association

University of Minnesota Forestry Extension

Certified Plan Writers in MN

Don't Move Firewood (Mn DNR)

Firewise (Mn DNR)

Firewise Landscaping

Property Tax Incentive Programs
Minnesota Department of Revenue Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA) Information

St. Louis County Assessor (handles application and tracking for both SFIA and 2c)

St. Louis County Assessor 2c Managed Forest Lands Information


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