NPC tables and figures - Silviculture Program

The Silviculture Program has developed 50 forested native plant community (NPC) tables and figures for which silviculture interpretations were developed to prescribe and support stand-level forest management. The community tables and figures can serve as a tool for writing stand-level prescriptions and can apply to silviculture decision making.


Highlighted elements of 50 forested native plant community (NPC) tables and figures

  • include core elements of silviculture interpretations
  • can be used to write stand-level prescriptions
  • can be applied to silvicultural decision making
  • contain information on:
    • natural disturbance regimes
    • stand dynamics
    • recruitment
    • site suitability
    • competition
    • survival
    • historic changes in tree abundance
  • were developed using nontraditional data to relate tree behavior to the NPC rather than species' life history from the following:
    • Public Land Survey (PLS) bearing tree database pdf to:
      • calculate disturbance rotations
      • create a general model of succession
      • understand tree reaction to fire and windthrow
      • determine how trees recruit
      • PLS Methods pdf
    • Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) database to:
      • corroborate the PLS calculations
      • determine change in forests during the past 100 to 150 years
      • FIA Methods pdf (update 3/2/2012)
    • Minnesota DNR’s Releve database to:
      • understand how tree regeneration related to parent trees and all other plants in the forest community
      • Releve Methods pdf

NPC community table and figures

All documents below are pdf

Acid Peatland Forest System

Fire-Dependent Forest System

Flood Plain Forest System

Forested Rich Peatlead System

Mesic Hardwood Forest System

Wet Forest System