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Into the woods

Helping forest landowners plan for the future

A University of Minnesota Extension program to help private woodland owners steward their land and legacy is now offered in northeastern Minnesota.

Master Woodland Owners reaches landowners in the Laurentian area stretching from Ely to Grand Rapids and eastward, as well as those living on or near the Lake Superior shore.

“We know they want to preserve the health of their land now and into the future,” says Mike Reichenbach, Extension forestry educator. “From land ownership challenges to climate change, successful woodland management has become more complex.”

Master Woodland Owners was launched in southeastern Minnesota in 2016 and will expand to the Brainerd area in 2018. It takes an in-depth look at topics critical to its participants, such as:

  • Harvesting for forest health
  • Recreation and wildlife
  • The logging industry
  • Invasive plants
  • Long-range planning
  • Multi-generational properties and estate issues
Closeup of green hops

Minnesota woodlands
by the numbers

17.4 million acres

37 percent privately owned

2.9 million cords of wood harvested (27% by private owners)

Source: Minnesota Forest Resource Council

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