Work on the Forest

As you visit the Chippewa National Forest you will observe a working forest. Over 130 people are employed on the Chippewa National Forest. Our jobs as specialists in archaeology, wildlife, forestry, soil and water, engineering and recreation enable us to manage the Forest for you. Together with computer and support personnel, we work as a team to carry out the Forest Service mission of "caring for the land and serving people”.

Latest Examples of the Forest at Work

The USDA Forest Service overall hires more than 30,000 permanent employees to serve in professional, technical and administrative position. 

WORK on the FOREST by the NUMBERS:

  • Lakes and Wetlands:  1300 Lakes and ponds, 925 Miles of Rivers; 440,000 acres wetlands, 25 watersheds. 13% of all surface water in National Forest System Three of the ten largest lakes in Minnesota: Leech Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish and Cass Lake. Part of the Mississippi Headwaters region  ]
  • Recreation599 campsites in 17 developed campgrounds and 70 dispersed campsites. For trails: 19 miles of paved bike trails, 160 miles of hiking trails, 278 miles of non-motorized trails, 312 miles of snowmobile trails, 21 miles of OHV trails, and 24 miles of designated horse trails plus 200+ low standard roads to ride.  Most of the non-motorized trails on the Chippewa are multi-use, so there are actually many more miles allowed for many activities. For water recreationists, the Chippewa also has 85 boat accesses.  
  • Archaeology: Over 3000 archeological and historic sites documenting over 10,000 years of history in the region. Notable sites include: the Forest Supervisor’s Office, a three story log building built by the CCC in 1936; Camp Rabideau, a nearly complete CCC camp and National Historic Landmark; and the Old Cutfoot Sioux Ranger Station building which was built in 1908 and is the oldest ranger station east of the Mississippi River. 
  • Fires and Fuels: FY20 total integrated acres accomplished is 7,587 acres. Wildfires: 45 fires for 50 acres. Largest wildfire was 17.5 acres.  The Forest supports over 80 red carded employees for local and national fire response. In 2020, 42 different employees spent a total of 1,908 days supporting national wildland fire assignments. 
  • Experimental Forests:  Three -  Pike Bay, Marcell, Cut Foot 
  • Timber FY20: Target: 42,000 MBF (FY21: 48,000). Offered/Sold MBF: 41,915. Harvest MBF: 34,195. 
  • Reforestation: FY20 - Site Prep - 742 acres at 52 sites. Planting - 3 acres at site. Stocking surveys - 9596 acres at 539 sites. Animal damage control - 4121 acres at 277 sites. Release – 2935 acres, 160 sites. 
  • Special Uses: 285 Recreation Residences; 10 Resorts - operating under a Forest special use permit. 
  • Engineering: 2223 miles of road system with 36 road bridges and  47 trail bridges.   
  • Wildlife and Plants: Rare and sensitive species, including goshawk, northern long-eared bat, rusty patched bumble bee, goblin ferns, osprey and orchids. Over 250 wildlife species, and 180 nesting pairs of bald eagles. Large fisheries program, walleye, muskie, lake trout, panfish, bass. Seventy species of fish, nine species of freshwater mussels.