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Clarification of acreage eligibility for new 2c Managed Forest Lands class

Since implementation of Minnesota’s new 2c Managed Forest Lands tax classification, many questions have arisen about exactly what acres are eligible.

I’m forwarding information from the Minnesota DNR and Department of Revenue that goes a long way toward clarifying these questions.  Thanks to Andrew Arends (MDNR-Division of Forestry) and Drew Imes (MDOR) for sharing this.

Email dated Nov. 14, 2007 from Andrew Arends, MDNR:

Hello All,

As promised, the Department of Revenue was able to draft a great document to help resource managers determine which forest stewardship acres would quality for the 2c Managed Forest Land property tax program.  Please see the attached memo and determination document from the Department of Revenue.

Long story short – more acres will qualify with the new interpretations by the Department of Revenue. Eligible acres will be based on contiguous parcels that contain at least 20 stewardship acres.  Basically, if the acres meet the definition of being a stewardship acre, it can be counted as 2c acres (provided there are at least 20 eligible acres in the parcel or in adjoining parcels). Sounds wordy so I suggest you look at the provided maps as visual examples of what might qualify for 2c.

As before, please contact your local county assessor first if you have questions about a landowners application.

Thank you and keep up the good work!
Andrew Arends, DNR-Forestry

A PDF version of the MDOR memo, including visual and text examples, is available from http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/docs/2cMFL-memo-MDOR.pdf.

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November 20, 2008 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

MN DNR’s Managing Forests for Today and Tomorrow videos

I just discovered two excellent videos by the Minnesota DNR, Division of Forestry.  They’re a bit elementary (literally–they’re designed for 5th graders and up) but give a great overview of forestry and the role of professional foresters in Minnesota.  Check them out!

Managing Forests for Today and Tomorrow: Part 1

Managing Forests for Today and Tomorrow: Part 2

You can see other videos by the DNR Division of Forestry here, including dancing grouse, forestry careers info, and much more.

Thanks Laura Duffey for sharing these links!

November 20, 2008 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

MN DNR celebrations one billionth seedling

MDNR photo

(c) MDNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources celebrated an impressive milestone in October:  After 80 years, they’ve grown their one BILLIONTH tree seedling.

The DNR’s nursery program serves a tremendously important role in the state’s forests.  Thousands of Minnesota woodland owners have planted seedlings raised in DNR nurseries.

Ever wonder where your seedling came from?  As part of the celebration, DNR produced a short video showing how they grow, pull, and store seedlings for spring delivery.  The state forest nursery website has great info on tree selection and planting as well as seedling order forms. You can also read the official billionth seedling press release.

November 10, 2008 at 3:26 pm 2 comments

Minnesota DNR updates primer on Minnesota’s forests and trees

(c) MN DNR

(c) MN DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry is pleased to announce the re-publication of the book All About Minnesota’s Forests and Trees: A primer.

Many Division of Forestry employees, as well as U.S. Forest Service, and University of Minnesota Extension staff, and many, many others contributed to the writing of this book.

Packed with photos and other graphics, the book is intended for educators, natural resources professionals, and other citizens who are interested in one of Minnesota’s most valuable resources.

The 58-page book is organized as a “Primer,” which means every topic and new word builds on a topic or word introduced earlier. The first two chapters introduce the basics about trees and forests; chapters three through six discuss people’s interactions with trees—past, present, and into the future. Several appendices are provided to give the reader more in-depth information.

Minnesota’s Forests and Trees is available online.  You can download a free PDF version here. Hard copies are also available by contacting the DNR Information Center at info@dnr.state.mn.us or 651-296-6267, 888-646-6367.

October 29, 2008 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

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