The mission of the Forestry Department is to enhance and sustain diverse forest resources for Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Seven Generations.  Our goals include:

  • Ensure sustainable utilization of timber and non-timber forest resources for Tribal members
  • Improve forest health, diversity, wildlife habitat and water resources
  • Protect culturally sensitive areas on the Reservation


Forestry Department balances many uses and values of KBIC forests through the following activities:

  • Monitoring forest growth and health
  • Tree and wildlife shrub planting for habitat enhancement
  • Pre-commercial timber stand improvements and crop tree release
  • Improvement timber harvests
  • Professional recommendations on hazard tree removal and sugarbush management
  • Providing Free Use Permits to KBIC members



Free Use Permits: The Forestry Department provides Free Use Permits to all KBIC members.  Members can harvest firewood, boughs, sap, and other forest products with a Free Use Permit.  To get a permit, stop by the Forester’s office in the Office of Planning and Development, 807 US Highway 41, Baraga.  The Forester can also give maps and more information on where to harvest firewood or other forest products on the L’Anse Reservation.  For more information, please contact: