MN Forests for the Future / Upper Mississippi Project

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Department of Natural Resources
Recipient Type: 
State Government
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2009
End Date: 
June 2012
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition
Counties Affected: 
Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Itasca, Koochiching, St. Louis
Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language 

$18,000,000 in fiscal year 2010 and $18,000,000 in fiscal year 2011 are to the commissioner of natural resources to acquire land or permanent working forest easements on private forests in areas identified through the Minnesota forests for the future program under Minnesota Statutes, section 84.66. Priority must be given to acquiring land or interests in private lands within existing Minnesota state forest boundaries. Any easements acquired must have a forest management plan as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 290C.02, subdivision 7. A list of proposed fee title and easement acquisitions must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. The fiscal year 2011 appropriation is available only for acquisitions that, by August 15, 2009, are: (1) subject to a binding agreement with the commissioner; and (2) matched by at least $9,000,000 in private donations.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
Direct expenses: 
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Protect 187,277 acres of forest and wetlands through easements and 1,344 acres with fee title. This also includes 60,000 acres of wetland habitat and 280 miles of stream and lake shore

Source of Additional Funds: 

The Conservation Fund, US Forest Service Legacy Program, State Capital Bonding

Project Overview

Our program/project will protect and maintain intact forest ecosystems through the use of perpetual conservation easements and other tools. This program/project will directly protect approximately 187,876 acres of forest and wetlands with permanent conservation easements and 1,300 acres with fee acquisition (project 1 - Upper Mississippi Forest) and will directly protect approximately 2,600 of the 76,251 acre Koochiching project (project 2) with a permanent conservation easement . Project 2 leverages funds from Federal Forest Legacy Program and State Capital Bonding that will protect the remaining 72,000+ acres of the Koochiching Project.

Project Details

Project Manager

1810 - 30th Street Northwest