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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 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.  

What are the payment rates?

It depends on the length of your covenant and your total number of acres enrolled in SFIA, unless your land is also in a conservation easement (see Note below). The payment rates are adjusted each year based on statewide average market values and tax rates, but will not increase or decrease by more than 10 percent per year.  The 2019 payment rates are:

​Covenant Length

  Payment Rate (per enrolled acres)

​ 8 years
  • Less than 1,920 acres enrolled: $9.13
  • 1,920 or more acres enrolled: $12.64
 ​20 years
  • Less than 1,920 acres enrolled: $12.64
  • 1,920 or more acres enrolled: $16.15
​ 50 years
  • Less than 1,920 acres enrolled: $16.15
  • 1,920 or more acres enrolled: $19.66
Note: if your land was enrolled in SFIA for 2017 and also has a conservation easement, the payment rate is $7.00 per acre and that land is limited to an 8-year covenant.

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.  



The Sustainable Forest Incentive Act

SFIA Frequently Asked Questions


If you have questions about enrolling in SFIA, call 651-556-6088 or

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