Northern Minnesota is renowned for its outdoor recreation opportunities, vast tracts of wilderness, and extensive freshwater resources. The most popular recreational pursuits include hunting, camping, snowmobiling, hiking, fishing, ATV riding, wildlife watching, off-road bicycling, cross-country skiing, and berry picking. Enhancing recreation value is both a social and economic benefit to the people of the county by providing a source of tourism as well as local recreation.
Proper forest recreation management should enhance the recreation experience, while at the same time, complement and protect the forest resource. Uncontrolled, poorly designed or over-used recreational development can threaten the very resource that provides the recreational value. The Natural Resources Management Department will: