The Anoka Sand Plain Subsection Forest Resource Management Plan (ASP SFRMP) considers state forest lands administered by DNR divisions of Forestry and Fish and Wildlife, Section of Wildlife, in the Anoka Sand Plain subsection landscape unit. This landscape unit covers approximately 1.3 million acres in an area generally north of the Mississippi River from near Brainerd on the north trending southeastward to the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The subsection is generally located in east-central Minnesota. Although the Ecological Classification System (ECS) subsection includes parts of 11 counties (Crow Wing, Morrison, Stearns, Benton, Wright, Sherburne, Mille Lacs, Isanti, Anoka, Chisago, and Hennepin) the vast majority of timberlands subject to this SFRMP are located in Morrison, Sherburne, Anoka, Isanti, and Chisago counties.
Land development in this subsection is characterized by the northern area of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, combined with the growth and development associated with the St. Cloud metropolitan area. Primary land uses consist of developed land (urban, residential, commercial) associated with these growing metropolitan areas. Public agencies administer approximately 10 percent of the land area. State-administered lands total approximately 67,000 acres, or 5 percent of the total land area. Approximately 14,300 acres (1 percent) of the total land area is classed as timberland that will be considered for wood products production and other resource management objectives in this SFRMP.
More detailed information on the Anoka Sand Plain subsection is contained in the Preliminary Issues and Assessment document .