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Sustainable Forest Resources Act

The 1995 Sustainable Forest Resources Act (SFRA) (MN Statutes Chapter 89A) was the result of over five years of analysis and consensus building on forest resource management and policy in Minnesota. The SFRA established a number of innovative programs to promote the sustained use and enjoyment of the state’s forest resources. The SFRA recognizes a broad range of forest resource values ranging from outdoor recreation to wildlife and from timber to aesthetics. Similarly, SFRA program initiatives reflect diverse interests in the use, management and protection of the state’s extensive and very diverse forest landscape.

The SFRA established the Minnesota Forest Resources Council, which now consists of 17 people representing a range of forest resource interests. The council, formed November 1, 1995, facilitates the development and implementation of site-level and landscape-level forest management programs, and advises the governor and federal, state, county, and local governments on sustainable forest resource policies and practices.

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