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About the Partnership

The Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership—organized in 1995 and recognized in State Statute (Section 89A.04)—is a voluntary, self-funded partnership of forest landowners, managers, and professional loggers dedicated to improving the health and productivity of Minnesota's forest resources and economically viable forest-dependent communities.

Mission: It is the mission of the Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership to implement and coordinate scientifically based, technically and economically feasible forest management practices to provide sustainable forest resources and promote economic viability.

Priorities

  • Provide input to the Governor's forest advisory group: the Minnesota Forest Resources Council
  • Promote commitment to voluntary forest management and timber harvesting guidelines
  • Convene meetings pertinent to forest management issues statewide and nationally
  • Cooperate with all land managers and landowners to address challenges facing Minnesota's forests
  • Encourage activities and coordination leading to increased productivity and sustainability of Minnesota's forested lands

Guiding Principles

  • Forest management is part of the solution to improving the health and productivity of forests, while creating value for maintenance of intact forested ecosystems.
  • Forest management should be viewed as long-term investments to enhance many forest values and improve forest health and productivity.
  • Realizing the productive potential of Minnesota's forests will require additional investments in tree planting, seeding, and thinning. These investments will return large dividends for Minnesota's environment, habitats, and forest enterprises over time.
  • Active forest management contributes to community vitality.
  • Minnesota’s forest products industries face a changing competitive environment. The Partnership supports these industries by producing better quality fiber, healthier trees, increased yields, and investments in forest management practices.
  • Landscapes should be viewed as a combination of social, economic, and ecological elements—none of which are mutually exclusive. Landscape-level goals should be voluntary, broad-based, and balance objectives for social, economic, and ecological elements within the landscape.
  • Flexibility in the application of site-level harvesting guidelines will provide for the exercise of professional site-specific judgments in the field.

Annual Reports

Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership
P.O. Box 3155 Bemidji, MN 56619
katy@paulbunyan.net
(218) 759-7730