Whether it’s a 4th generation family farm or 40 acres of whitetail paradise, your forest is your home away from home—a place of natural wonder and renewal. And you’re not alone; 40% of the forested land in Minnesota is privately owned.
Every acre of these private forests is a vital contributor to the overall well-being of our native Minnesota woodlands and wildlife. This is what makes personal forest stewardship so essential. As a landowner, you hold an incredible responsibility.The care you put into your forest is a living legacy that will be passed down through generations.
As consulting foresters, our mission is to guide and empower landowners to the responsible and sustainable management of their private forests. We’ll work with you to create detailed forest management plans with step-by-step guidance and personal service to best support you on your journey of forest stewardship.
—Tom Kroll, Forester
Need to prepare or renew a forest stewardship plan or looking for professional guidance on managing your forest? Our expert forestry consultation services are personalized to your goals to help you get the most enjoyment and value out of your private forest land.
Please note: DNR-Forestry’s $300.00 cost share for Woodland Stewardship Plans is ending. DNR will continue to accept Cost Share Assistance Requests (CSARs) through June 30th, 2022. Applications received by that date will have until June 30, 2023 to get their plans completed by an authorized Plan Preparer.
Kroll Consulting Forestry is a DNR authorized Plan Preparer and is available to help forest landowners get their cost-share application into the DNR process by June 30, 2022 and complete plans by June 30, 2023.
Meet Your Foresters
Thomas & Mary Kroll have more than 40 years of forestry experience with the Minnesota DNR, US Forest Service, and Saint Johns Abbey.
Ready to begin? Let us know what your goals are with your forest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can your Forest Stewardship Plans qualify my private forest land for a property tax break?
Yes. A properly prepared and registered Forest Stewardship Plan is needed to qualify for a reduced property tax rate on forested lands of 20 acres or more.
Are you certified foresters?
Yes, Tom Kroll is designated as a Certified Forester by the Society of American Foresters. We are also approved by the Minnesota DNR to prepare Forest Stewardship Plans.
Do you have an acreage minimum that you will take on?
We offer Forest Stewardship Plans starting at 35 acres of private land.
Do you have an acreage limit that you can handle?
We love big forests. As land manager and head forester for Saint Johns Abbey, Tom was directly responsible for more than 2,600 acres. If you’re looking for professional management of large private forests, you’ve come to the right place.
What are your prices for hiring a private forester?
We offer expert forestry consulting for a fair value. You can find our fixed rates for Forest Stewardship Plans under Our Services. For other forestry consulting projects, or expert witness reports and testimony, we will assess your request and provide a bid.
Do you offer service to all Minnesota counties?
We are based in central Minnesota, so we focus on serving central Minnesota landowners, but we treat every request on a case-by-case basis.
If you live in northern Minnesota or southern Minnesota, please let us know what services you’re looking for. We’ll get in touch with you to discuss what options are available for your land.
Do you come in and “fix” my forest?
Owning a forest is a labor of love; your forest is the collective result of many actions carried out over a long time. That’s why you want to make sure the work you’re doing is what’s best for your forest.
We provide expert consulting and planning, so that you can move forward with confidence knowing that you are caring for your forest using the best methods and practices.
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