Anoka Sand Plain

map: Minnesota map showing the location of Anoka Sand Plain subsection

The Anoka Sand Plain is an ecological subsection in central Minnesota with approximately 42,000 acres of state forest timberlands lands capable of producing timber administered by the DNR divisions of Forestry and Fish and 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 Anoka Sand Plain.

The draft ASP SFRMP took into consideration a broad range of factors that affect forest management, including increasing forest health and productivity; managing vegetation for rare species and habitat; balancing timber age classes over time; identifying stands to be managed as older forest to accommodate diverse wildlife and ecological resources; and limiting impacts to cultural, visual, and water resources?all balanced to provide sustainable forest resources. Sustainable forest management is the underlying goal of the SFRMP planning process. The Operational Plan ?for management of ?Sand Dunes State Forest , located in Sherburne County, was prepared within the overall guidance of the ASP SFRMP. The operational plan's focus is to guide vegetation management within the state forest and is a part of the broader ASP SFRMP.

The Draft ASP SFRMP document outlines the planning process, forest vegetation management goals and directions, and implementation strategies and stand selection criteria used to identify the forest stands to be visited by foresters and possibly treated over 2013?2022. The 10-Year Stand Examination List includes 268 stands totaling 3,883 acres.