Wind Energy

Exploration for wind energy development is allowed on Commercial Forest (CF) land Upon Application to and approval by the MDNR. Exploration includes:

  • meteorological towers
  • development leases, easements or license agreements

The "Application for Exploration of Wind Energy Development on CF Land" is available on the Commercial Forest homepage under "Forms." 

Development of commercial wind energy production:

Prior to wind turbines being erected, landowner must withdraw the following land:

  • the physical footprint of each wind turbine, associated buildings and adjacent areas that will be permanently removed from forest production;

CF land that is subject to a wind energy development lease, easement or license agreement can remain in CF as long as forest production continues.

Forestland containing roads or rights-of-way may continue to be classified as CF.

Related Documents
Application to Explore for Wind Energy on CF Land PDF icon