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Note:  Law changes in 2017 updated several parts of the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA). The changes do not affect your 2017 SFIA payment or certification. Most enrollees do not have to do anything at this time. We are updating our SFIA fact sheets and will post them here in December. Please check back for updates. ​

What is the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act?

The Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA) provides incentive payments to encourage sustainable use of forest lands. Property owners with qualifying lands are eligible to enroll in this program.

Property owners can receive a payment for each acre of qualifying forest land they enroll in SFIA.

In return, they agree not to develop the land and to follow a forest management plan while they are in the program. All enrolled land must remain in SFIA for at least 8, 20, or 50 years depending on their recorded covenant length. 

Note: Payment rates for 2018 and future years will change due to the recent updates to SFIA. The per-acre payment rate will increase with the covenant length. We will post next year's rates in December.

Who qualifies for the payment?

Qualifying properties must:

  • Be current on property taxes
  • Have 20 or more contiguous acres
  • Be at least 50 percent forest land as defined in Minnesota Statute 88.01, subd. 7
  • Have a forest management plan in place
  • Have an agreement (“covenant”) in place limiting the property’s use to forest management activities

 Qualifying properties cannot:

  • Be classified as 2c Managed Forest Land by the assessor or enrolled in:
    • Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM)
    • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
    • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
    • Green Acres
    • Agricultural Preserves
    • Rural Preserves
  • Be used for residential or agricultural purposes

  • Be improved with a structure, pavement, sewer, campsite, or road used for purposes that are not in the forest management plan

  • Be covered under a Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council easement or similar easement granted after May 30, 2013 

How do I enroll?

Click the links below to begin the application process. Once you complete the application process, submit your application along with all required documentation.  


2018 SFIA Application




Note: We are updating our SFIA fact sheets; they will be available in December.

If you have questions about enrolling in SFIA, contact Julie Rosalez at 651-556-6088 or

For questions or information on Forest Management Plans, visit the Department of Natural Resources website.