Providing Habitat

Hunter's Benefit from Effective Management by the Forest Products Industry.

Many of the 36,000 people who work in Minnesota’s forest products industry share your love of hunting, so it’s gratifying to know our work is also helping improve recreational opportunities. In fact, more than 800,000 acres of Minnesota woodlands are owned and managed by forest products companies, with much of this land open to the public for recreational use. Responsible forest management ensures a proper balance between wildlife and their habitats. By providing buffers, using selective harvesting techniques, and leaving nesting trees and islands of uncut trees, modern logging practices not only help sustain aesthetic values, but also some species of wildlife. Deer, bear, ruffed grouse, woodcock and other species thrive on new growth. As one Minnesota logger puts it, “When we’re logging, we’re creating habitat. The deer follow us around.”

Resources for Managing your Private Forest

Private citizens own more than 40 percent of Minnesota’s forests. If you own some of that forestland and want help managing it, there are several resources available. Several forest industry programs assist forest landowners in developing a forest management plan specific to their property. There is no fee, and landowners retain their rights to make implementation decisions. In return for company services, a landowner may be asked to grant the company the right to purchase timber for a specified time.

Assistance is provided by these private sources:

  • Minnesota Association of Consulting Foresters
  • Minnesota Logger Education Program
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • PotlatchDeltic Forest Products Corporation
  • UPM, Blandin Paper Mill

Other sources for assistance include:

  • Forest Resources Extension
  • Minnesota Deer Hunters Association
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Forestry Association
  • Minnesota Tree Farm Committee
  • Quality Deer Management Association
  • Ruffed Grouse Society
  • University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources