The Minnesota Forest Resources Council recognizes the importance of a healthy, competitive forest products industry for both the maintenance of healthy forests and the economy of Minnesota. While industries have faced significant challenges in recent years, there are also opportunities. There is considerable interest in renewable energy sources and opportunities for carbon sequestration within our forests. We are actively involved in these policy discussions and encourage consideration of ecological, economic and social sustainability in all decisions. Further information on the forest products industry in Minnesota may be found within recent Governor’s Task Force Reports (2006, 2007) and at the Minnesota DNR, and Minnesota Forest Industries sites.