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Certified Forests in Minnesota



Forest Management Certificates in Minnesota


Total Certified Acres
Total (All ownerships) - 8,474,060 acres
Public (FSC or SFI) - 7,502,094 acres
Private (FSC/SFI/PEFC) - 917,966 acres*

Dual (All ownerships) - 5,659,817 acres


FSC Certified Acres
All Ownerships - 6,855,494 acres
Public: DNR - 4,960,177 acres**     
Public: County - 1,627,667 acres
Private: Industry - 252,217 acres

Private: Non-Industry - 15,433 acres


SFI Certified Acres

All Ownerships - 7,278,383 acres

Public: DNR - 4,979,253 acres***

Public: County - 1,594,814 acres

Private: Industry - 488,340 acres

Private: Non-Industry - 215,976 acres


Information compiled by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Additional information available at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/certification/certifiedforest_data.html


Data Sources: Data primarily obtained directly from certificate holders. Total acres may not correspond to those listed on the FSC-US & Metafore.org websites. In some cases, total acres include both productive & non-productive forestland, as well as non-forested acres.

* Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI); Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC)
** MN DNR's FSC Trademark License Code: FSC-C020394. MN DNR's FSC Certificate Code: SCS-FM/COC-00088N

** As of 12/31/10, 81,673 acres of USFWF-owned Land Utilization Project (LUP) lands managed by DNR are dual cetifeid. 19,076 acres of agricultural leases and cooperative forestry agreements are SFI Certified only, thus accounting for the difference between DNR's certificates.

*** The Minnesota Counties Sustainable Forest Cooperative (MCSFC), is a group certificate including the 5 counties listed above. MCSFC was awarded its SFI certificate in 2008 and its FSC certificate on november 1, 2009.
**** The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) was awarded PEFC recognition on August 7, 2008.  There are 1,687 Certified Tree Farmers in MN with a total of 215,976 acres. Due to privacy rights, there is no geo-spatial data available for this acreage. ATFS fiber is recognized by and tracked through the SFI Chain-of-Custody system. Please contact Tom Witkowski, tomforester@charter.net, for more info.