July 2017 - Laurentian

We know how deeply you care about your land. That's why we've developed the Master Woodland Owner program and tailored the Laurentian cohort especially for people who own wooded property from Ely to Grand Rapids, MN. This comprehensive education program teaches you the ins and outs of harvesting for forest health and harvesting for wildlife, working with a logger, estate planning, and more.

It takes years to grow a healthy forest. We will help you cultivate, care for, and plan for the future of your woodland.

Three forestry field tours will be included in the Laurentian cohort. The first field tour will be held on August 12, and last on March 24, 2018. One field tour will be scheduled based on input from participants.


With external funding and a focus on harvesting for forest health and forest wildlife, there is no cost for the program for families with woodland property in Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St Louis counties. The program is supported by the Minnesota State Wood Innovation Team and grant funding from the United States Forest Service State and Private Forestry Wood Education Resource Center. Targeted area residents must apply for reduced registration using this formDiscount codes must be used at time of registration, and cannot be applied retroactively. 

Landowners outside the grant target area are still welcome to register for the course at the standard rate of $195. Additional family members are eligible for a discount; contact us for the discount code before registering. Register here for Master Woodland Owner Laurentian.

Education to Fit your Schedule

Eleven online topics are offered as a series of self-paced modules with exercises and group discussions. Complete the work on your schedule while still contributing to group learning. Three in-person one day field tours will be held to help answer your questions and to provide an opportunity to meet with and learn from your neighbors.

Comprehensive Learning

After completing the Master Woodland Owner program, you will be able to:

  • consider options to care for your woods
  • identify common trees and invasive plants
  • map your property and conduct an woodland inventory
  • find and talk with loggers and natural resources professionals
  • develop and refine goals for restoring long lived conifers to the north shore