DNR draft forest resources review

DNR draft forest resources management plan available for public review and comment

 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites public comments on its 10-year Subsection Forest Resources Management Plan for a group of ecological subsections in northern Minnesota. Ecological subsections are roughly county-size areas of the landscape that are defined by glacial land-forming processes, bedrock formations, local climate, topographic relief and the distribution of plants. Minnesota has 24 subsections.

The goal of the draft 10-year plan is improved forest health and productivity.

The public comment period is from July 24 to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 24.

The ecological subsections addressed are St. Louis Moraines, Tamarack Lowlands, Nashwauk Uplands, and Littlefork-Vermilion Uplands. Collectively, these subsections are being called the “North 4 Subsections.”

The draft plan proposes vegetation management strategies for about 1.17 million acres of state land. The plan also calls for field examination of about 13,000 acres of DNR forest lands per year to identify treatment needs.

Possible treatment options for forest stands include reinventory, regeneration harvest, timber improvement activities and commercial thinning.

The draft plan and maps are available for download from the DNR Web site.

 

Comments and requests for plan materials in alternative formats should be directed to: Lynn Sue Mizner, DNR Forestry, 1200 Minnesota Ave. S., Aitkin, MN 56431; by e-mail to lynn.mizner@state.mn.us, or by phone at 218-927-7511.

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