Natural Resources Management
Martin Wiley - Administrator
Managing Tax-Forfeited Trust Lands for the Environmental, Economic, and
Recreational Benefit of all.
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.
Forest Management - 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.
Land Management - 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.
Recreation - 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