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About the Chippewa

The Chippewa National Forest, located in the heart of northern Minnesota, is a celebration of seasons, culture and environment.

The Chippewa National Forest is the first National Forest established east of the Mississippi River in 1908 and is the home to more lakes and wetlands than any other National Forest. The forest was originally known as the Minnesota National Forest. The name was changed in 1928 to honor the original inhabitants. Today, the Forest and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe share goals and offer visitors a chance to experience Anishinabe culture and learn about the past from prehistory to early, logging-era and Civilian Conservation Corps days. Learn more about the forest.


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Memorial Tree Planting

Donations made in memory of loved ones provide funding for reforestation projects. In 2018, the Chippewa
National Forest will plant 1.4 million trees across the Forest thanks to partnerships with Arbor Day Foundation and National Forest Foundation.  Find the sites.

Volunteer | Employment

Learn how you can help play an important part in managing our national forest lands. See Opportunities.

Recent News


OHV Information

2018 OHV Motor Vehicle Use Maps and Policy

Active Timber Sales

Timber sales that the forest is currently accepting bids for.

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Chippewa National Forest Intern gains valuable skills and knowledge.

Alex Engelson and Anna Zust, 2018 summer Interns from the Conservation Corps Minnesota

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa GIS intern Alex Engelson helped the Chippewa National Forest update inventory of the Forest’s road system.

Forest Health Workshop promotes shared stewardship throughout Minnesota

Damon Lake road rock crossing project

15th Annual Forest Health Workshop hosted by the Chippewa National Forest and Minnesota DNR. Partners explored threats to forest health in Minnesota.


Stewardship project rocks the Forest

Damon Lake road rock crossing project

On the Chippewa National Forest, near where Anderson Lake Road and Damon Lake Road intersect, beavers frequently dam culverts near the middle of the road.

Firewood Restrictions

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CLOSURE ORDER bans the possession, storage, or transport of any firewood.  Don't move firewood!  Burn it where you buy ...

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