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WELCOME to the Chippewa National Forest


The Forest is a great spot to work, play and learn! Start Here. Go Wild. Play on the forest. Learn on the Forest. Face coverings are required in USDA Forest Service buildings.


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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.


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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Thoughts on a 30+ year career with the Forest Service

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I look back on my 32-year journey and vividly see specific people and themes that mark each decade spent on this northern Minnesota Forest.

Women’s History Month Feature

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My career with the USDA Forest Service.
By Barbara Knight


Women’s History on the Chippewa National Forest

History photo from 1940 of a women

For over a hundred years, women have taken on an active role on the Chippewa National Forest. 

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