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DNR Sustainable Timber Harvest Analysis

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A fresh look at sustainable timber harvest levels on DNR-administered forest lands

Update—The public comment period is now closed

The DNR thanks everyone who provided public comment on the draft analysis report. The report is part of our ongoing effort to update the sustainable timber harvest target for DNR-administered forest lands. Public comment on the draft analysis report will be considered as the final report is prepared and a harvest level decision is made. The final report will be released in spring 2018.


Good forest management includes periodic review of timber harvest levels and its impact to the greater forest ecosystem and economy. At the request of Governor Dayton, the DNR is currently analyzing the sustainability of harvesting one million cords of timber per year from DNR-administered forest lands. If an annual harvest of one million cords is not sustainable, the DNR will analyze and identify an alternative sustainable harvest level. An independent contractor the analysis and a stakeholder advisory group is providing input.

DNR strives to provide a stable, quality source of wood fiber to industry in a manner that is sustainable and conserves Minnesota's state forest resources into the future. A variety of environmental and economic factors will be considered in the analysis. The final report will provide important benchmarks for the amount of timber harvested from DNR-administered forest lands.

Forest benefits considered in the analysis

Anticipated Timeline for Completion

The DNR has contracted with Mason, Bruce & Girard (MB&G) to complete the modeling and analysis work for this project. Last summer, they developed a "Phase I" progress report PDF on the initial work for this project. That initial work was as a launching point into more in-depth modeling and analysis that has been ongoing since that time.

Stakeholder Advisory Group

Fourteen citizens representing a broad range of interests were selected based on their knowledge of and interest in forestry and forest management; wildlife habitat; conservation impacts; and the timber industry. All members are dedicated to working collaboratively to meet common goals.

Group members represent: Blandin Paper, Izaak Walton League, Potlatch, Minnesota Forest Industries, U.S. Forest Service, Minnesota Deer Hunter's Association, Minnesota Forest Resources Council, The Nature Conservancy, Ruffed Grouse Society, Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Audubon Society, University of Minnesota, Timber Producer's Association, and Minnesota Association of County Land Commissioners. In addition, DNR staff representing the divisions of Forestry, Wildlife, and Ecological and Water Resources participate in the stakeholder advisory group.

Comments or questions about the sustainable timber harvest analysis can be sent to:


Mail to: Sustainable Timber Harvest Analysis Project
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155

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