Protecting Minnesota's Forests While Utilizing Biomass Resources

New factsheet provides overview of guidelines for responsible forest biomass harvesting


(Mpls, MN) – Dovetail Partners and the Minnesota Forest Resources Council announce the release of a new factsheet addressing forest biomass harvesting in the state. The factsheet provides a brief overview of the biomass harvesting guidelines, including how they were developed and the management practices they address.



“Minnesota has been on the forefront of responsible biomass use and was the first state to establish harvesting guidelines,” says Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners.



The Biomass Harvesting Guidelines were developed in 2007 by the Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) and serve as a supplement to the MFRC’s Forest Management Guidelines.



“For nearly 15 years, Minnesota has had a system of guidelines that address wildlife, biodiversity, water quality, riparian areas, soil protections and other concerns,” says Dave Zumeta, Executive Director of the MFRC. “The addition of biomass guidelines in 2007 was an important action to keep Minnesota ahead of the curve on the emerging interest in the use of woody biomass for energy.”



The biomass harvesting guidelines are comprehensive. The guidelines address diverse forest conditions and concerns. A key recommendation in the guidelines is the retention of coarse woody debris, snags, stumps and brushy materials.


“By keeping standing dead trees as well as downed logs and brush, the guidelines protect wildlife habitat, water quality, soil fertility and other important ecosystem benefits and services,” says Fernholz.



The factsheet was developed with funding provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. The factsheet was developed in support of projects that are exploring the feasibility of biomass energy projects in Northern Minnesota.



The factsheet can be downloaded at the Dovetail Partners website:






About the MFRC

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council was established by the Sustainable Forest Resources Act of 1995 to promote long-term sustainable management of Minnesota’s forests.



About Dovetail Partners

Dovetail Partners provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives.  Dovetail is a highly skilled team that fosters sustainability and responsible behaviors by collaborating to develop unique concepts, systems, models and programs. Dovetail Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.