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Rural Landowners


The "Forest Stewardship Team" will be responsible for providing technical, financial and educational assistance to landowners, communities and the public. The team will consolidate and streamline technical and financial management functions within the agency. The team will provide personnel, financial and technical assistance support.

ND Sawmill Directory

The is the current ND Sawmill Directory.

If you would like to be included in the Sawmill Directory or have any additions or deletions, please complete and mail us this sawmill directory form.

Riparian Stream

Forest Stewardship Program


The Forest Stewardship Program offers management advice to landowners for maintaining and improving forestlands and windbreaks. The program provides a management plan free of charge.  See the Forest Stewardship brochure.

The Forest Stewardship Program is available statewide.

Request a plan or more information from

Robert Harsel
North Dakota Forest Service
PO Box 604
Lisbon, ND 58054-0604
Tel: (701) 683-4323 ext 12

Pembina Gorge

Forest Stewardship Tax Law


The Forest Stewardship Tax Law offers tax incentives to landowners for preserving and protecting forest resources. the program reduces property taxes to a flat payment of $0.50 per acre per year on eligible lands.


The landowner owner must:  

Agree to prohibit clearing, grazing, burning, and destructive cutting.

Counties presently participating: Benson, Cavalier, Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Walsh and Wells.

Download and complete the Forest Stewardship Tax Law Application and mail to:

Liz Smith
North Dakota Forest Service
300 - 2nd Avenue NE, Suite 208A
Jamestown ND  58401

Tel: (701) 400-8330

Wildfire Protection

Firewise (Wildfire Protection)

Firewise helps rural landowners reduce their risk of losses to wildfires by addressing landscape needs. Landscaping with Firewise principles reduce the risk of fire damage to a home, and provides a safer environment for firefighters protecting property.

Home Owner Practices
  • Keep grass around structures mowed short (under 6 inches)
  • Keep top and underside of decks and porches clean and free of debris.
  • Keep firewood piles at least 30 feet from the structure(s).
  • Keep trash barrels screened.
  • Maintain clearing with a 10 foot radius around propane tanks and trash barrels.
  • Clearly show address at driveway or mailbox.
  • Rock mulch around buildings.
  • Ladder fuel treatment.
  • Tree pruning and removal.

Installation of vegetative fuelbreaks may be eligible for cost-share through the Tree Conservation Assistance Program (TCAP) below:

Tree Conservation Assistance Program (TCAP) 

This program will provide 75% cost share, up to $1,500, for rural landowners to install conservation tree planting projects such as windbreaks, living snow fences or wildlife tree plantings.

Interested landowners will work with the vendor of their choice (usually their local Soil Conservation District) to plan their project, submit an application, and install the project next spring.  The application deadline is November 14, 2014.

 For more information, contact:

Liz Smith
NDSU-ND Forest Service
300 - 2nd Avenue NE, Suite 208A
Jamestown ND  58401

Tel: (701) 400-8330

Best Management Practices Manual

The "North Dakota Forestry Best Management Practices" publication. (1.44 MB) Providing natural resource professionals, contractors and landowners practices to better manage the rural forest resources of North Dakota.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:12:35 AM