The revised operational plan for the Sand Dunes State Forest was finalized in November 2017 following an extensive public engagement process. The plan outlines management activities through 2022. It is based in sound natural resource science and reflects the DNR's goal of sustainable forest management for economic, environmental, and recreational benefits. The DNR took public comment on the plan during summer 2017. Read the final plan and DNR responses to public comment here:
In 2016 DNR formed a "Stakeholder Advisory Group" to provide feedback and advice on managing the Sand Dunes State Forest. Members of the group included local landowners and others interested in forestry, ecology, recreation, wildlife, and land management.
Public meetings were held with the Stakeholder Advisory Group June through December 2016. DNR submitted a report to the 2017 Minnesota Legislature summarizing this engagement process.
Sand Dunes State Forest public open house Monday, February 5, 2017
Meeting will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, at the Big Lake High School, 501 Minnesota Ave. E., Big Lake.
Contact Little Falls Forestry Area Supervisor John Korzeniowski, 320-616-2450 x233, with any questions about the operational plan.