Ownership

Commercial Forest (CF) OWNERSHIP

DEEDS:

  • Submit copy of recorded deed evidencing current ownership of CF land to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

LAND CONTRACTS:

  • Submit copy of full land contract to the DNR (can remove financial information)
  • CF statute states that the buyer in land contract is the CF landowner, therefore, buyer must be in compliance with the CF program requirements.
  • Land contract cannot contain provisions that are in conflict with the statute, including but not limited to retention of the timber rights by the seller.
  • If there are provisions in the land contract that are in conflict with the statute, the buyer must either submit an amendment to the land contract that removes those conflicts, or must withdraw the land from the program.

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS & OTHER LEGAL RESTRICTIONS

  • If CF land is, or becomes, subject to a Conservation Easement or other legally restrictive document, the landowner must submit a copy of the Easement or other restrictive document to the MDNR.
  • The MDNR will review the Easement/Restrictions to determine if the terms of the Easement or restrictions are in conflict with CF requirements.
  • If a conflict is found, the MDNR will notify the CF landowner of the conflict.
  • The conflict must either be resolved or the land that is subject to the Easement or restrictive document must be withdrawn from the CF program.  

NAME AND ADDRESS CHANGES:

  • If there is a name change (not due to a title transfer) and/or an address change, please notify the DNR  using the following form:  Need to create a form for this

TITLE TRANSFER: