Forestry Policies (Minnesota)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Minnesota

Applies to States or Provinces Minnesota
Name Forestry Policies (Minnesota)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source Harvesting Guidelines:, Forest Resources Report:, Quarterly Forest Market Newsletter: DNR Biomass Fact Sheet:


Minnesota's forests are managed through the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry. The DNR has several programs and services intended to promote the sustainable use of woody biomass:

Minnesota was the first state to develop biomass harvesting guidelines to manage the removal of woody biomass at forest operations sites. These guidelines are mandatory on all state lands and many private lands as well:

The DNR publishes a quarterly newsletter covering the forest products market, including relevant information on the biomass energy industry in Minnesota:

The DNR annually issues its Forest Resources Report, which includes discussion of the opportunity and potential for the utilization of forest residues for energy generation:

The University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources issued the document "2010 Outlook for Forest Biomass Availability in Minnesota", providing inventory of supplies and demand for residual woody biomass for energy generation, including social and economic impact analysis:

Policy Contact

Contact Name Anna Dirkswager, Biomass Coordinator
Department Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division Forestry
Address 500 Lafayette Rd
Place St. Paul, Minnesota
Zip/Postal Code 55155
Phone 651-259-5253
Phone 2 507-359-6038