Minnesota Forest Resources Councilupdated: June 2012
The Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) is a state council established by the Sustainable Forest Resources Act (SFRA) of 1995 to promote long-term sustainable management of Minnesota’s forests.  Together, we:
  • Pursue the sustainable management, use, and protection of the state’s forest resources to achieve the state’s economic, environmental, and social goals.
  • Encourage cooperation and collaboration between public and private sectors in the management of the state’s resources.
  • Recognize and consider forest resource issues, concerns and impacts at the site and landscape levels.
  • Recognize the broad array of perspectives regarding the management, use, and protection of the state’s forest resources, and establish processes and mechanisms that seek these perspectives and incorporate them into planning and management.

In 1995, the Minnesota Legislature enacted the Sustainable Forest Resources Act (SFRA) to promote the sustained use and enjoyment of Minnesota’s forest resources.  The SFRA establishes a number of innovative policies, programs, and administrative mechanisms that focus on both site and landscape-level forest resource management.  As a principal administrative mechanism, the SFRA created the Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) to facilitate the development of forest policy initiatives and to serve as a forum to discuss and advise the Governor as well as federal, state, county, and local governments on sustainable forest resource policies and practices.

The Council facilitates the development and implementation of various programs, and advises the Governor and federal, state, county, and local governments on sustainable forest resource policies and practices.  Our Annual Report to the Governor and Legislature on the Implementation of the Sustainable Forest Resources Act provides an overview of our activities within the state.


The Governor of Minnesota appoints a chair and 15 other members to the MFRC.  Recognizing the sovereignty of Indian nations under federal law, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council appoints one additional member.  MFRC members represent the following forest resource interests: commercial logging contractors, conservation organizations, county land departments, environmental organizations, forest products industry, game species management organizations, labor organizations, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, nonindustrial private forest landowners, research and higher education, resort and tourism industry, secondary wood products manufacturers, and the USDA Forest Service.

Contact Minnesota Forest Resources Council

Dave Zumeta
Executive Director
150 Skok Hall
2003 Upper Buford Circle
Saint Paul, Minnesota  55108-6146
Phone: (651) 603-0109
Fax: (651) 603-0110


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  • Minnesota

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