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
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.
Application to Explore for Wind Energy on CF Land