Extension’s 2010 woodland webinar series

Beginning in January 2010, the University of Minnesota Extension will offer a series of 5 web-based seminars, or “webinars,” on topics of interest to Minnesota woodland owners.  While they do require access to an internet connection, webinars offer the convenience of learning at your home or office, avoiding the time and expense of traveling to a workshop. All five webinars […]

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Changes to the Minnesota Forest Stewardship Program

By Gary Michael, MN DNR – Division of Forestry JANUARY 2010:  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – Division of Forestry’s Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) is undertaking a major shift in how it operates. For decades the FSP has been delivering free forest management plans to non-industrial private forest landowners. A recent change in funding and an increase in demand […]

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Itasca County woodland property tax 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 […]

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2008 Property tax estimates now up on Minnesota Land Economics

[I received this notice in an email today and thought it would be of interest to some MyMinnesotaWoods readers. -ed.] Dear Colleague, We loaded up the 2008 property tax data by jurisdiction and tax class on Minnesota Land Economics: http://landeconomics.umn.edu. You can find market values, tax levies by each taxing jurisdiction, credits, and net effective tax rates–all at any level […]

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Perspective: Problems (and solutions) with Minnesota's property tax code

Property taxes are among the most pressing issues for family forest owners. In our first foray into video, and our first “Perspective” piece, we feature a November 2008 discussion with Jeff Forester, Executive Director of Minnesota Seasonal and Recreational Property Owners (MSRPO). Jeff discusses his book, The Forest for the Trees: How humans shaped the north woods and how the […]

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Clarification of acreage eligibility for new 2c Managed Forest Lands class

Since implementation of Minnesota’s new 2c Managed Forest Lands tax classification, many questions have arisen about exactly what acres are eligible. I’m forwarding information from the Minnesota DNR and Department of Revenue that goes a long way toward clarifying these questions.  Thanks to Andrew Arends (MDNR-Division of Forestry) and Drew Imes (MDOR) for sharing this. Email dated Nov. 14, 2007 […]

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Extension to lead 2c Managed Forest Land outreach

The University of Minnesota Extension has agreed to lead new outreach around Minnesota’s new 2c Managed Forest Lands law. 2c Managed Forest Land, a property tax class created by the 2008 Legislative session, provides a 35% reduction from the previous forest land class rate.  SFIA offers an incentive payment to landowners, currently $8.61 per acre per year.  Both programs require […]

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New 2c Managed Forest Land tax classification

The Minnesota legislature has created a new property tax classification for which many Minnesota woodland owners are eligible. This is big news–the new class rate is 0.65 percent, which is a 35 percent reduction. This new Department of Revenue property tax classification is called 2c Managed Forest Land. “In addition to leadership from the Minnesota Forestry Association and all the […]

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Changes to MN woodland property tax rate

Bruce ZumBahlen wrote a guest post yesterday on the Vital Forests / Vital Communities blog describing changes to Minnesota’s property tax. These are exciting changes, favoring active sustainable management through consultation with a professional forester. Every Minnesota woodland owner should know about these changes! An excerpt: For the first time, MN has a law that provides the opportunity for woodland […]

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