Itasca County woodland property tax postcard

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Click for the full-sized postcard

On November 20, 2009, a postcard was mailed to owners of 20+ acres of woodland in Itasca County. If you’ve just received a postcard and are looking for more information, you’ve come to the right place.

Naturally, the first step is to develop a Woodland Stewardship Management Plan for your land. A Woodland Stewardship Management Plan is an overview of your property developed with your goals for your land. A Woodland Stewardship Management Plan may qualify you for cost-share funds that can reduce costs for projects like tree planting. There is a fee for the plan, and there may be a delay due to high demand.

Woodland Stewardship Plan Writers Serving Itasca County:

1. MN DNR Forestry:
Currently there are two MN-DNR Forestry offices that provide services in Itasca County (see map). Due to a reduction in funding, the DNR has recently made changes in its program and will be moving to a fee for service based program.
  • Deer River Area:
    Terry Keeler,
    1201 Hwy. 2
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
  • Hibbing Area:
    Roger Nelson,
    7979 Hwy. 37,
    Eveleth, MN 55743
Deer River (green) and Hibbing (blue) DNR-Forestry areas in Itasca County
Deer River (green) and Hibbing (blue) DNR-Forestry areas in Itasca County

2. Itasca Soil and Water Conservation District

  • 1889 East Hwy. 2
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    218-3276-0017

3. The Minnesota Association of Consulting Foresters

Current Property Tax Programs for Qualifying Landowners in Itasca County

1. 2c Managed Forest Land Tax Classification:
This is a new tax classification for vacant wooded land. The class rate is 0.65%, 35% lower than the class rate for 2b rural vacant land. Enrollment requires a registered Woodland Stewardship Management Plan. Landowners must complete the application form CR-2c MFL and provide it to the county assessor to verify that the property qualifies for this program. Learn more about the 2c Managed Forest Lands tax class.

  • Itasca County Assessor’s Office
    123 NE Fourth Street
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    218-327-2861

2. Sustainable Forest Incentive Act
This program, administered by the
MN Department of Revenue, provides woodland owners with an annual incentive payment. This program requires filing a covenant with the county recorders office. You’ll need the legal description of your property, a copy of the woodland stewardship plan map and parcel identification numbers (PID). Be sure to exclude any area that you might develop in the future. For complete details, read the SFIA Fact Sheet. Allow the county recorder two to three months to process your request.

  • Itasca County Recorder’s Office
    123 NE Fourth Street
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    218-327-2856

To learn more:

Questions?

Contact the Itasca County Woodland Owner’s Answerline 218-327-2815 or itascawoods@co.itasca.mn.us

Julie Miedtke is an Extension forester in Itasca County. She’s based in Grand Rapids.

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