Our Minnesota Forest Gems

What’s an expansive way to provide quality wildlife habitat in Minnesota’s forests? Encourage landowners and businesses to use sustainable, responsible management and procurement practices on, or “certify”, nearly 8.4 million acres of public and private forests. Then identify the most outstanding and critical of those acres for management of their high conservation values. Voila! Quality forest management equals healthy, diverse […]

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Comment now on revised Tree Farm certification standards

All properties certified through the American Tree Farm System are required to conform to the American Forest Foundation’s Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification. The AFF Standards focus on the issues critical to maintaining sustainable forest practices on private forestlands in the United States, such as reforestation, air, water and soil protection, fish, wildlife and biodiversity, and wood fiber harvest. […]

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Forest certification feature

As part of a LCCMR-funded family forest certification project, a brochure was created and mailed to woodland owners in northeastern Minnesota. The brochure directs recipients to this site for further information about certification and how they can get involved. To prepare for these visits, we created a new feature banner on the homepage (click the image for a better view). […]

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Forest Certification Systems & Standards

There are several different forest certification systems. Although in general the systems have been getting more similar over time, some differences remain. As a woodland owner, you need to understand the different systems in order to make the right certification decision for your land. This page offers links and information about the different forest certification systems available to family forest […]

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Family Forest Certification Models

Three different forest certification models are available to family forest owners. This page offers links and information about them. Certify your land as an individual How it works: You work with a professional forester to plan the future stewardship of your land. The plan is built around your family’s vision and goals. This process helps you identify ways to improve […]

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Family Forest Certification: Overview

More wildlife. Healthy trees. A beautiful place to spend time with family and friends. Sometimes land stewardship means active management: improving wildlife habitat, planting trees, or cleaning up after a windstorm. But how can you be sure contractors share your high standards for the care of your land? One option is to hire a third-party certified professional forester or logger. […]

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