Management techniques such as planned tree removal from the forest, using improved trees, established inventory and land classification systems for analysis to better understand the dynamics of the forest have contributed to the County’s success.
Even though there are economic challenges confronting Minnesota’s forest products industry with job losses, mill closures, increasing energy costs, high transportation costs, increasing logging costs, challenging global competition and high capital investment needs, it continues to be a cornerstone of the State’s economy.
Periodically throughout the year, the Land & Minerals Department advertises Forest Development Contracts for a variety of projects that may include: Ground Herbicide Site Preparation, Ground Herbicide Release for Conifer Plantations, Hand Release and Basal Pruning of Existing Conifer Plantations, Mechanical Ground Scarification through Disk Trenching and Anchor Chaining, Planting, Budcapping and Plantskydd Application. See Government>Bids>Bids-Land-Minerals Department for more information on biding on these contracts.
MSA 282.04 authorizes the sale of timber from tax forfeited lands by three general methods: Informally for up to $3,000 of timber, oral auction, and sealed bid auction. Auction sales require a 15% down payment of the appraised value on the day of the auction. Both oral and sealed bid sales require full payment for each individual block prior to removal of timber. Sales can vary in length of contract from 1 month to several years.
The County conducts two public auctions and two sealed bid auctions each year. There also may be a few private (informal) sales for $3,000 or less. A list of lands in which the timber has been marked for potential sale is prepared by the Land & Minerals Department and submitted for County Board approval. Once approved, the Land & Minerals Department advertises the sale as required for two consecutive weeks in the County designated newspapers.
Ensuring Sustainable Forest Management on Tax Forfeited Lands
The purpose of the St. Louis County Land & Minerals Department is to protect the variety of benefits provided by County Administered Forfeited Trust lands. These benefits include: healthy forests, wildlife habitat and fisheries, accessible recreational opportunities, forest diversity, forest products, and financial returns which all contribute to local community viability. Ensuring a sustainable resource on tax forfeited lands provides for these benefits into the future.
To this end the St. Louis County Land & Minerals Department's management system is certified to the ISO 14001 standard and is practices are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standard.
For more information on the department's certification (click here).