Nearly half of Minnesota’s forested land is privately owned. Private forest landowners (i.e., family forest landowners) contribute significantly to the forest’s social, economic, and ecological benefits, including clean water and air, forest products, outdoor recreation, and wildlife habitat. The management decisions made by private forest landowners enhance these benefits for themselves and others through their engagement in caring for the health of their woods. The active involvement of private landowners will impact natural resources for years to come. The following information can help landowners make sustainable management decisions that will assist them in meeting their objectives now, and for future generations.