Forestry Department

The Leech Lake Forestry Program is responsible for the management of forests of the Leech Lake Reservation. The work we do on the forest ranges from site preparation for planting tree seedlings all the way to timber harvest. Tree planting, deer repellent applications, and brushing around seedlings are all projects we employ Tribal members through the Temporary Employment Program. We work with the Leech Lake Wildland Fire Program on fuels management projects, mostly in fire-dependent pine forests. We work with other agencies (and the DRM Invasive Species Department) to place detection traps to locate where forest pests are located within the Leech Lake Reservation.

Services we can provide to Tribal members: Every spring we have a tree/shrub giveaway, we can recommend firewood gathering locations, we can look at specific areas/trees upon request and offer advice, we can set up timber sales on allotted lands upon request.

Much of our work is done through our program or by contract. Services offered to Tribal Members include:

  • We offer a tree/shrub giveaway every May.
  • We occasionally offer fire wood.
  • We can look at areas upon request and offer advice.
  • We can set up timber sales on allotted lands.

We plant brush around, apply deer repellent, prescribed burns, fuels brushing, site preparation, timber harvests, etc.


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Contact Us

(218) 335-7418

Physical Address
15756 State 371 NW, Cass Lake, MN

When entering the DRM compound, we are located in the new forestry building along the back fence; offices inside.

Mailing Address
190 Sailstar Drive NW, Cass Lake, MN

Name Title Phone
Karnes, Keith Forester 335-7418
Hare, Dave Forestry Technician 335-7407