New Information for Exploring Land Owner Opportunities


(St. Paul, MN) – Family Forest Owner Toolbox Available from the Great Lakes Forest Alliance.


A new resource is available for landowners in the Great Lakes region of Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario.  The Family Forest Owner Toolbox is the result of a multi-year and cross-boundary effort to develop resources to explore emerging markets for woodland owners.


“With our diverse partners and the input of landowners throughout the region, we’ve developed a toolbox of information about everything from traditional timber market opportunities to non-timber forest products, wildlife management and ecosystem services,” said Mike Prouty, Executive Director for the Great Lakes Forest Alliance.


Updated with the most current information available, the Toolbox includes eleven factsheets on a full range of land management and marketing topics. Each fact sheet provides insights and key considerations for anyone who is interested in evaluating these emerging opportunities.  Information about additional resources and contacts are also provided for each topic.


“Landowners have diverse goals for their land and there are many different things that can be done to provide additional benefits while still meeting these goals and maintaining a healthy environment,” said Prouty.


The Toolbox was made possible with a grant awarded by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, U. S. Forest Service, and developed with assistance from Dovetail Partners, a non-profit environmental organization based in Minneapolis.


Members and partners of the Great Lakes Forest Alliance include organizations and individuals throughout the region of Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario that provided input to the project.


The Family Forest Owner Toolbox can be downloaded from the Forestinfo website ( or a hardcopy can be requested by contacting Dovetail.

About the Great Lakes Forest Alliance
The Great Lakes Forest Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to foster and facilitate cooperative efforts that enhance management and sustainable use of public and private forest lands in Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario, and Wisconsin.