Land Department                   
Carlton County Tax Forfeited Land Department

Department Function

 Management of approximately 72,000 acres of tax-forfeited land and 43.62 miles of County Owned abandoned Soo Line Trail.


Greg Bernu: Land Commissioner/Agricultural Inspector
Mark Westphal: Forester

Department Administration

Carlton County administers its tax-forfeited land base through its Land Department, Auditorís Office and the County Board. The County Board sets policies, adopts appropriate ordinances, sets land and timber values, and undertakes similar policy and legal actions. The Auditor conducts forfeitures, and handles related and fiscal actions.

Day-to-day administration and field management of the land and timber resources is done by the Land Department which is headed by the Land Commissioner who reports directly to the County Board of Commissioners. Currently, the Department has a staff of three including the Land Commissioner, a County Forester/Agricultural Inspector, and Clerk/Secretary/GIS Operator. Temporary seasonal help is hired to undertake such projects as tree planting.

Carlton County managed lands are now certified under both the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  Several third party audits have been conducted and results may be found at Audit.

Minnesota's County Land Management
A Unique Ownership Providing Diverse Benefits

Minnesota is among a small number of states that have county
managed forest land. This report explores the history and current
contribution of Minnesota's county-managed forest lands, including the
diverse social, economic and environmental benefits they provide.

To download the full report, click here:


Timber Sale
June 5th, 2014

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