Anoka Sand Plain
Sand Dunes State Forest Stakeholder Advisory Group
Over the next 30-50 years, parts of Sand Dunes State Forest will undergo changes. To better support a variety of rare plant and animal species found in this forest, areas of planted pines will gradually give way to oak savanna and prairie. The DNR has formed a "Stakeholder Advisory Group" to provide feedback and advice on managing the Sand Dunes State Forest. Members of the group include local landowners and others interested in forestry, ecology, recreation, wildlife, and land management. Sand Dunes State Forest Stakeholder Advisory Group »
The 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