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Annual Payment for Forest Landowners


The Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA) provides annual incentive payments to encourage private landowners to keep their wooded areas undeveloped.

Private landowners can receive a payment for each acre of qualifying forest land they enroll in SFIA. In return, enrollees agree not to develop their land and to follow an active forest stewardship plan for a minimum of either 8, 20, or 50 years, depending on the covenant set with the parcel. The program is jointly administered by the Department of Revenue and the DNR Division of Forestry.



Directions for enrollment in SFIA.

  1. Obtain a Forest Stewardship Plan and register the plan with the Department of Natural Resources.

  2. Determine the covenant length. Covenants may be for 8, 20, or 50 years.

  3. Record your covenant with your County Recorder's Office.


When you apply, your SFIA Application must include:

  • Current year's property tax statement for each parcel 

  • Registered Woodland Stewardship Plan number

  • Recorded covenant with county stamp showing recorded date

Applications must be postmarked by October 31 and should be mailed to:

Minnesota Department of Revenue
Mail Station 3340
600 N. Robert St.
St. Paul, MN 55146-3340


For more information on Forest Stewardship Plans and how to obtain one follow the link below.

For more information on SFIA:

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