Forests & Wildlife

photo of man and boy in a Minnesota forest
Photo credit: Michelle Verzal


We lead the Sierra Club North Star chapter in the protection of Minnesota’s forests, wildlands, and wildlife—to keep them healthy, fight climate change, and encourage people to enjoy them safely.

What We Do

Our work is to understand the science, policies, laws, and regulations for issues that impact Minnesota’s forests and wildlife.

  • Protect natural environments including wildlife, Minnesota forests, old-growth forests, and peatlands

  • Fight climate change through building awareness about the power of our natural environments to sequester carbon

  • Engage and partner with native tribes, championing their knowledge and working towards equity in the outdoors

  • Monitor agency/local government actions and programs

  • Participate in federal, state, and local task forces or committees

  • Inform the public on our work and issues that need their involvement

  • Develop coalitions with other environmental groups on specific issues

Get Involved

Join us at our monthly meetings!

Date: 2nd Monday of the month
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Sierra Club office, phone, or Zoom, check the calendar for details.

RSVP on the website calendar. Questions? Contact us at

More Information on Forests & Wildlife

Minnesota’s forests are truly unique. Our state is home to oaks in the plains of the southeast, Big Woods containing fragments of the maple-basswoods in the central part of the state, and an extensive boreal forest of pine and aspen in the north.

Each of these forest types faces a barrage of threats including illegal and destructive off-highway vehicle use, lakeshore development, destructive logging practices, and toxic mining.

For the past decade we’ve worked hard to improve the management of our National Forests. We’re increasingly concerned about the stress a changing climate causes our lands and wildlife. In an effort to do our part against climate change, our goals include protecting large core areas, buffer zones, and corridors to aid species migration. We also aim to reduce or eliminate habitat fragmentation, over-logging, invasive species, disruptive human activities, and pollution.

Recent Forests & Wildlife Updates