Implementing strategies for our natural and working lands

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Minnesota’s varied landscapes — croplands, pastures, forests, prairies, wetlands, and our more than 10,000 lakes — are part of our identity. They are also an essential part of our climate solution.

An acre of grassland can hold as much as 78 tons of carbon while an acre of mature evergreen forest can hold as much as 140 tons of carbon. And suburban trees, gardens and lawns can also provide climate mitigation and resiliency benefits. In 2021, the Walz-Flanagan Administration secured valuable funding for incentivizing planting 12 million tree seedlings on public and private lands by 2025. The legislature also provided funds to add 20,000 acres of cover crops that will improve soil health.


Possible goals

A black farmer walking through a field

A dirt road winding through a meadow and forest
Increase the amount of carbon sequestered in natural and working lands by 25% through restoration, enhancement, and deploying carbon smart practices

Enhance biological diversity and protect habitat corridors on 350,000 acres of natural and working lands to help those systems adapt to the changing climate



Minnesota’s varied landscapes — croplands, pastures, forests, prairies, wetlands, and our more than 10,000 lakes — are part of our identity. They are also an essential part of our climate solution.

An acre of grassland can hold as much as 78 tons of carbon while an acre of mature evergreen forest can hold as much as 140 tons of carbon. And suburban trees, gardens and lawns can also provide climate mitigation and resiliency benefits. In 2021, the Walz-Flanagan Administration secured valuable funding for incentivizing planting 12 million tree seedlings on public and private lands by 2025. The legislature also provided funds to add 20,000 acres of cover crops that will improve soil health.


Possible goals

A black farmer walking through a field

A dirt road winding through a meadow and forest
Increase the amount of carbon sequestered in natural and working lands by 25% through restoration, enhancement, and deploying carbon smart practices

Enhance biological diversity and protect habitat corridors on 350,000 acres of natural and working lands to help those systems adapt to the changing climate



Page last updated: 16 August 2021, 12:37