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The Forest is a great spot to work, play and learn! Start Here. Go Wild. Play on the forest. Learn on the Forest.


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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.

Recent News


Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act, signed into law by the President on December 23, 2020, transfers 11,760 acres of public land, currently managed by the Chippewa National Forest, to the Department of the Interior to be held in trust for the benefit of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

Active Timber Sales

Timber sales that the forest is currently accepting bids for.

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Fire Assignment to Superior East Zone

Crew photo from assignment

This year I got to go to the Superior National Forest for a Fire assignment doing initial attack. I was on a seven-person module, engine 655 from Walker and crew 10 from Blackduck.

Minnesota Interagency Coordination Center (MNCC)

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The 2021 Minnesota fire season continues to present a wide variety of challenges and opportunities to local fire resources and resources from across the region and nation.


2021 fire assignment at the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center

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In August (2021), I was able to go on a 14- day fire assignment as a Public Information and Communication Officer at the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland, OR.

Fire Assignment – Eric Taylor Ely Tanker Base this summer.

New South Wales Rural fires Service

My experience at the tanker base in Ely this summer was a great one.  The local folks at the base were quite welcoming to me and helped me feel comfortable from day one. 

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