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.

Department Administration

Carlton County administers its tax-forfeited land base through its Land Department, Auditor’s 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 four including the Land Commissioner/Agricultural Inspector, the County Forester, the GIS Coordinator, and the Natural Resource Assistant. Temporary seasonal help is hired to undertake such projects as tree planting. Carlton County managed lands are currently certified by third-party forest certification auditors.  Several third party audits have been conducted and results may be found at Audit.


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


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September 29th, 2017 Sealed Bid Results

September 29th Sealed Bid Results 

Dec  14th, 2017 Carlton County Timber Auction

Timber Auction Tracts

Interactive Timber Auction Map Application

December 14th, 2017 Auction Results

January 27th, 2016 Carlton County Landsale 132

Land Sale Auction Tracts

Interactive Land Sale Map Application

Past Auction Results

May 4th, 2017 Auction Results

December 15th, 2016 Auction Results

May 5th, 2016 Auction Results

December 9th, 2015 Auction Results

June 11th, 2015 Auction Results

December 4th, 2014 Auction Results

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