Forest Certification

Crow Wing County Forest Lands

The county’s forest lands are Sustainable Forestry Initiative® certified by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Certificate No. PwC-SFIS-422 (PDF).

Management Policy

On April 11, 2006, the Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners adopted a sustainable forest management policy and a statement of operational commitments. As a result of this initiative, Crow Wing County Land Services is in the process of making some changes in its policies and standard operating procedures in order to improve our management practices.

Sustainable Forest Management Policy

The Land Services Department is committed to the principles of sustainable forest management and will manage the lands in our care in accordance with those principles. We will establish a sustainable forest management system (SFMS) that will help us achieve and be environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable.

Through our SFMS we commit to:

  • Protect the integrity and longevity of forest lands under our management
  • Comply with all applicable laws, regulations and voluntary guidelines
  • Acquire and maintain third party certification to the Sustainable Forest Management principles
  • Plan and conduct forest management activities in a manner that:
    • Protects and maintains biodiversity across the forest ecosystem
    • Prevents damage and protects forest health and productivity
    • Minimizes chemical use
    • Protects the integrity of riparian areas
    • Minimizes aesthetic impact
    • Protects threatened and endangered species and their habitat
    • Conserves areas with special attributes such as cultural, ecological, geological, economic or social attributes
    • Promotes efficient utilization
  • Promote and incorporate applied research and technology to improve sustainable forest management
  • Enhance public recreation values by providing opportunities for dispersed recreation on County lands
  • Provide public education on forest ecology, sustainable forest management and the economic value of forests
  • Solicit public input on forest management plans, policies and county performance
  • Communicate our performance to the county board, employees, the public and other stakeholders
  • Ensure the capability of our employees and field operators to perform their responsibilities with the highest degree of professionalism
  • Continually improve performance of the SFMS through regular reviews and audits

Additional Resources

More detailed information concerning this certification effort.