Forest Stewardship Program

Aspen Regeneration

Red Pine Stand

Lowland Hardwood Stand

Do you own woodlands and want to do something with them but don’t know where to start?
The purpose of the Forest Stewardship Program is to assist you in multiple use management of your woodland. We can help you get started on actively managing your woodland for personal benefits, while protecting the quality of its natural resources for the future. The most important thing you can do to start with is deciding on objectives, or goals, for your property.   

The Wadena SWCD has the technical staff to develop Forest Stewardship Plans on privately owned forestland in Wadena County. It is a fee based program depending on the amount of acres you have.  If this is a program you are interested in, please call our office.

Are you serious about making a commitment to good forest stewardship?
Here are two programs that might be for you. Both programs have their strengths and weaknesses.

The Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA)

The SFIA encourages a long-term commitment to sustainable forestry by providing an incentive payment to landowners who actively manage their forest. The current incentive payment is $7.00 per acre. This payment is taxable income.

Am I eligible?
1.  Contain at least 20 contiguous acres of which 50% is forest land
2.  Cannot be residential or agricultural land or land enrolled in CRP, RIM or 2c
3.  Buildings are excluded (3 acres)
4.  Obtain and follow a Forest Management Plan written in the past 10 years
5.  Enroll for a least 8 years
6.  No delinquent property taxes
7.  Large enrollments (over 1,920 acres) must allow non-motorized public access

Managed Forest Land Classification (2C)

The 2C tax classification was created in 2008.  The tax class rate on 2C land is 0.65% (versus 1.0% on rural vacant land).

Am I eligible?
1.  Contain at least 20 acres of forest land
2.  Cannot be platted or agricultural land or enrolled in SFIA
3.  Buildings are excluded (10 acres)
4.  Obtain and follow a Forest Management Plan written in the past 10 years

If you have specific questions about the program beyond the application process or forest management, please contact our Wadena County Assessor, Lee Brekke, at (218) 631-7628.