The Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) is a 17-member board created to develop policy recommendations to the Governor and federal, state, and local governments and to encourage the adoption of sustainable forest management policies and practices. Council members represent a wide range of forest resource interests and hold public meetings every other month to discuss key issues.
For over 20 years, the council has played an integral role in depoliticizing complex forest issues and helping Minnesota's citizens, lawmakers, and forest professionals make sound decisions regarding the stewardship of public and private forest lands. The council acts as a catalyst for new landscape-level cooperative models and championing long-term ecosystem integrity.
Unlike a traditional state agency, the council fulfills its charge under the Minnesota Sustainable Forest Resources Act, by developing recommendations related to "forest resource policies and practices that result in the sustainable management, use, and protection of the state's forest resources." This unique model of cooperation among diverse interests gives all Minnesotans an opportunity to care for their forests ensuring economic, ecological, and social sustainability.
Outstanding and diverse forests have always been a part of life in Minnesota, but maintaining their long-term health for future generations is no easy task. Climate change, forest fragmentation, water quality issues, and the spread of invasive species are just a few ways the health and quality of Minnesota's forests are threatened every day.
Issues can be complex, and that often means the solutions can be complicated as well. The council addresses these problems from the bottom up and the top down—working with a wide range of stakeholders and experts from across the state. With our partners, we conduct research, publish reports, and develop recommendations which promote the sustainable management of Minnesota's forests for the benefit of the entire state.
The council's programs address the multidimensional scale and evolving environmental, social, and political climate in which forest management takes place. Our programs aim to provide opportunities, information, and recommendations for sustainable solutions to complex challenges inherent in multi-resource management.
From a local stand of trees to statewide policy, our programs encourage use of sustainable forest management practices and cooperation and collaboration among the public and private entities managing, using, and conserving forestlands. We work to build relationships and strengthen partnerships across boundaries and between organizations, linking people who can learn from each other. Together, we identify and initiate projects that can directly improve local environments and resolve critical forest resource issues.
The council develops a range of forest resource-related reports which analyze emerging trends and summarize Council activities. Specific reports may be requested by the governor, mandated by Minnesota law, or created following the identification of a knowledge gap. Reports vary widely in scope, but are generally developed by experts involved with our programs and committees, and informed by partners.
All reports created by the council are accessible through this website and organized by subject matter. Content contained within the reports are considered public record and may be referenced with proper attribution.
The Biennial Reports provide a state of the council and its programs and must be completed every two years (previously every year). The Regional Landscape Plans outline important forest resource management issues and priorities for each of the six major forest landscapes within Minnesota. Recent and popular reports also include: