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Form CR-MFL Instructions

Who is eligible?

The reduced class rate of 0.65 percent is available to property owner’s who own property that is:

Unplatted real estate that is rural in character, is not used for agricultural purposes, and is not improved with a structure; that has a qualifying forest management plan in place, but is not enrolled in the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA) program. A minor ancillary, non-residential structure does not disqualify a property from this classification.

The property must be no less than 20 acres and total enrolled acreage is limited to 1,920 acres statewide. The property must also be managed under a qualifying forest management plan that was developed by a DNR approved forest management plan writer withing the last ten years.

A property that is improved with a structure that is not a minor ancillary non-residential structure, or an improved building site that provides water, sewer, or electrical hookups, will be split-classified, with 10 acres being assigned to the structure. Minor ancillary nonresidential structures are sheds or other primitive structures, the aggregate size of which are less than 300 square feet that add minimal value and are not used residentially; provided the occasional overnight use for hunting or other outdoor activities shall not preclude the structure from being considered a minor, ancillary structure.

Property receiving this classification cannot be enrolled in the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA) program, CRP, CREP, RIM or the Green Acres program.

The DNR must confirm that the property qualifies and will annually verify that the property continues to qualify for the classification.

Required Attachments

You must attach the following to your application:

  • A copy of your property tax statement for each parcel of land you list on the application, and
  • A copy of your forest management plan that has been developed or updated by a DNR-approved plan writer within the last 10 years. The plan must contain clear and accurate information, including maps that clearly define what property will be included in the 2c Managed Forest Land classification. The forest management plan must be registered with the DNR.

Due Date

Your application and all required attachments are to be sent to the county assessor by no later than May 1, for taxes payable the following year.

Applications received after May 1 will be denied for that year. If all the required information and attachments are not provided, your application will be delayed or denied.

Instructions for Completing Form

  • Landowner information
    • Provide your name and address.
  • Parcel Information
    • Column A: Enter the property identification number (PID) for each parcel of land you wish to enroll. You can find the PID on the property tax statement for that parcel. Also attach a copy of:
    • The property tax statement for each parcel of land you are enrolling.
    • Column B: List the total acreage of each parcel. Round the amount of acres to the nearest whole acre.
    • Column C: List the number of acres that you wish to enroll for the 2c classification for that particular parcel. Round the amount of the acres to the nearest whole acre.

Signature and Verifications

Mark the appropriate boxes and provide the year your forest management plan was developed. Make certain that you attach all of the required documentation.

By signing the application you are:

  • Declaring the form is correct and complete to the best of your knowledge,
  • Certifying that you are the owner or authorized representative of the entity that owns the land,
  • Agreeing to follow the provisions of the land’s forest management plan, and
  • Certifying that the land is not enrolled in the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA) program, CRP, CREP, RIM, or the Green Acres program.

Your signature is required. An unsigned application is considered incomplete.

Making False Statements on this Application is Against the Law

Minnesota Statute 609.41 states that anyone giving false information in order to avoid or reduce their tax obligations is subject to a fine of up to $3,000 and/or up to one year in prison.

Use of Information

The information on this form is required by Minnesota Statutes 273.13 to properly identify you and determine if you qualify for this property tax classification. If you do not provide the required information, your application may be delayed or denied. Your County Assessor may also ask for additional verification of qualifications.

Information and Assistance

Contact your County Assessor’s Office for assistance.

Last updated by the Pope County Assessor’s office February 28, 2024