In Minnesota, forestland certification programs seek to promote sustainable forest management. The MFRC timber harvesting and forest management guidelines are critical to successful compliance with the two principal forestland certification programs adopted in Minnesota: the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). In addition, the MFRC actively supports the Master Logger Certification Program, which was developed by the Minnesota Logger Education Program (MLEP).
The amount of Minnesota forestlands under forest certification is significant. More than 4.8 million acres of DNR-administered forestland have earned dual certification under SFI and FSC; more than 1.8 million acres of county forestland are certified under one or both of these programs; and nearly 830,000 acres of private forestland are certified under one or both of these programs.
Further information on forest certification in Minnesota and the certification programs can be found at the following websites: