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​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 $7.00 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 eight years.

 

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 Statutes 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.

SFIA Application 

SFIA Covenant

 

Questions?  

Please refer to our SFIA Fact Sheets:

SFIA Fact Sheet 

SFIA FAQ's Fact Sheet

 

Additional questions please contact Julie Rosalez at 651-556-6088 or julie.rosalez@state.mn.us

 

For information on Forest Management Plans, visit the DNR website.