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Natural Resources Management
Dan McLaughlin - Supervisor
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Have you ever wondered why the county has tax forfeit forest land or how that forest land is managed? Check out the following presentation to learn more about Minnesota's County Forest Lands.
Managing tax-forfeited trust lands for the environmental, economic, and recreational benefit of all.
The Natural Resources Management Department is responsible for managing the county's nearly 75,000 acres of tax-forfeited lands. Our
objective is to manage these lands in an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable manner. This is
accomplished through our forest management, land management, and recreation programs.
Becker County's forests are managed for a multitude of environmental, economic, and social benefits. Timber and other
forest products, necessary to sustain Minnesota's forest products industries are produced through careful, sustainable
management. Forest management activities such as pre-commercial thinnings, intermediate selective harvests, shelterwood
harvests, and final timber harvests, along with forest regeneration efforts, are designed to meet a number of long-term
forest management and landscape goals. Landscape goals and harvest plans are accessible through links on the
Forest Management page. Specific information regarding
current timber sale offerings can be found on the Timber Auctions page.
Another important role of the Natural Resources Management Department is the management of the County's tax-forfeited
lands. Lands best suited for forest management and recreation are designated for "conservation" and will be retained and
managed by the county for such purposes. Development lots or fragments of parcels that forfeit are classified as
"non-conservation" and disposed of as allowed by Minnesota statutes. Parcels identified for disposal are appraised and
offered for either private or public sale. Please go to Tax-Forfeited Land
Sales to see the date and time of the County's next scheduled tax-forfeited land sale along with a complete listing
of the parcels being offered.
Becker County prides itself as a recreation destination and our public lands and waters are a prime reason many come
here to fish, swim, boat, hunt, ski, snowmobile, and just relax. In concert with the public tax-forfeited lands, Becker
County also manages a number of parks, public water accesses, swimming beaches, motorized and non-motorized trails and
more. Visit the recreation section of our site that will provide information and maps detailing our many