AITKIN, MN -- The Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has been recognized as meeting the forest certification standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for their management of family forestlands in the county. The Aitkin SWCD joins the more than six million acres of Minnesota forests that have become FSC-certified since 1997.


“Minnesota has been a leader in forest certification and has more FSC-certified forestland than any other state in the nation,” says Kathryn Fernholz, executive director of Dovetail Partners and a collaborator on the SWCD project.  


SmartWood, an FSC-accredited certifier with offices in Northfield, MN, conducted the certification evaluation of the Aitkin SWCD. Funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund has supported the project. 

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