Forestland Retention

Using a pilot study conducted in Itasca County and completed in 2007 by University of Minnesota and USDA Forest Service researchers, the MFRC was able to translate what had been only anecdotes into actual evidence that large blocks of forestland are being divided into smaller pieces (a process called “parcelization”) and undergoing subsequent development.

The MFRC subsequently obtained funds from the Blandin Foundation, Iron Range Resources, and the Minnesota Legislature to extend the pilot study and to examine the effectiveness of various policy tools in mitigating the adverse effects of parcelization. The study is nearing completion. The MFRC is currently considering suggested policy options to aid policy-makers and administrators in making decisions regarding appropriate policy tools for maintaining the forest land base.

Forestland Retention Study

Documents are available in accessible formats upon request
Overview
Policy Options
Supplemental Information
Updated 2015-10-02