The primary role of the MFRC is to advise the governor and legislature as well as federal, state, and local agencies on sustainable forest policies and practices. In fulfilling this role, the MFRC identifies and addresses key policy issues related to the sustainable management of Minnesota's forests.
In 2020, with the publication of the MFRC report “Climate Change and Minnesota Forests”, climate change became a leading policy focus. Within the context of this issue, the MFRC has continued to refine its policy attention to address related topics. These topics include: forest health, quality and productivity, water quality and forests, biomass and biofuels harvest, and health of the forest products industry.
Private land forest stewardship is emerging as another priority policy topic. Approximately 45% of all Minnesota forests and woodlands are owned by private and Tribal interests. Policies that assist these private landowners in becoming active forest stewards is essential to the future health and sustainability of Minnesota’s forest resources in the era of climate change.
The MFRC’s Policy Committee will continue to periodically revisit these issues and lay the foundation for a strategic focus for the years to come.