Anoka Sand Plain

Open House opporturnity

The Minnesota DNR will host an open house for people interested in the Sand Dunes State Forest from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Zimmerman Civic Center, 25850 Main St., Zimmerman.

DNR staff will present a short overview covering the mission of state forests, unique features of the Sand Dunes State Forest, and management approaches and activities that will be used in the area. Members of the public with questions will then be invited to visit one of several stations to learn more. Light refreshments will be provided.

map: Minnesota map showing the location of Anoka Sand Plain subsectionThe Anoka Sand Plain Subsection Forest Resource Management Plan (ASP SFRMP) guides forest resource management for state-administered lands in the Anoka Sand Plain subsection. The Anoka Sand Plain is an ecological subsection in east-central Minnesota covering approximately 1.3 million acres, with approximately 59,000 acres of state forest lands, 19,791 acres of which are capable of producing timber. These lands are administered by DNR Forestry and Section of Wildlife. This subsection covers all or parts of 12 counties: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Hennepin, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright. The majority of lands subject to this SFRMP are located in Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Morrison, Sherburne, and Benton counties. The Sand Dunes State Forest and the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area are the primary state-administered units within the ASP subsection.
Following review of comments received on the preliminary ASP SFRMP, the DNR made revisions and adopted the final ASP SFRMP. The DNR's response to the comments was developed by an interdisciplinary team from the divisions of Forestry, Section of Wildlife, and Ecological and Water Resources and includes:

  • long-term strategic directions and management strategies
  • cover type management recommendations to provide recommendations to foresters concerning specific vegetation management techniques
  • a 10-year stand exam list of 268 stands on 3,883 acres to be treated consistent with the directions, strategies, and cover type management recommendations identified in the final ASP SFRMP.

Direct comments or questions about this plan to:

Robert Pulford, Forestry Planner
DNR Division of Forestry
1601 Minnesota Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
phone: 218-833-8704
fax: 218-833-8668