Minnesota Forestry Association Launches Statewide Awareness Campaign to Emphasize Positive Impact Private Landowners Have on Forestry in Minnesota

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Forests are more than something nice to look at; they’re renewable and sustainable. And as this public awareness campaign points out, forests can even be a source of income to private landowners if they allow responsible management of their land.

With private citizens owning more than 40% of Minnesota’s forests, it’s important to remind the public – and the landowners themselves – of the important role private landowners play in Minnesota’s economy.

In a state known for its citizens’ love of the forests, the Minnesota Forestry Association has launched a statewide radio campaign to educate residents of the positive impact private landowners have on the state’s forests.

“With private citizens owning more than 40% of Minnesota’s forests, it’s important to remind the public – and the landowners themselves – of the important role private landowners play in Minnesota’s economy,” said Minnesota Forestry Association President John O’Reilly. “Our radio messages serve the dual purpose of thanking private landowners while also encouraging continued collaboration between public and private sectors in managing one our state’s most valuable resources.”

O’Reilly said Minnesota’s forests provide environmental benefits such as wildlife diversity, soil conservation, and keeping rivers and lakes clean. Forests are also a source for recreational opportunities and provide forestry and forest-related jobs to more than 30,000 Minnesotans.

“We thank Minnesota’s radio stations for airing our announcements to help increase people’s awareness of our forests,” said O’Reilly. “Forests are more than something nice to look at; they’re renewable and sustainable. And as this public awareness campaign points out, forests can even be a source of income to private landowners if they allow responsible management of their land.” The campaign will run through March.

The Minnesota Forestry Association, with chapters around the state, works on behalf of family forest owners, through education and advocacy, to promote stewardship of woodlands. The organization’s web address is minnesotaforestry.org.

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