If you're a woodland property owner getting close to dealing with spring clean up, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages you to compost and not burn your yard waste.

This is because wildfire risk is high in April and May.  Composting not only prevents wildfires, but it also reduces air pollution.

According to University of Minnesota Extension:

Composting is a microbial process that converts plant materials such as grass clippings and leaves to a more usable organic soil amendment or mulch.

You can follow the link below for their step-by-step guide to composting your yard waste.

If you're a landowner who feels you must burn your waste, you better do it very soon as just a few inches of snow makes it really difficult for fires to spread and annual burning restrictions will take effect immediately after the snow melts.

You also should check local regulations to determine whether you need a permit or not.  Once burning restrictions are issued, no burning permits will be issued.