The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to comment on the Draft Blufflands/Rochester Plateau Subsection Forest Resource Management Plan (BRP SFRMP). The 30-day comment period for the Draft Plan will end 4:30 p.m. on February 3, 2014.
The Blufflands and Rochester Plateau are ecological subsections in southeastern Minnesota with approximately 63,000 acres of state forest timberlands lands capable of producing timber administered by the DNR Divisions of Forestry and Fish and Wildlife. These subsections cover all or parts of ten counties: Dakota, Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona, Houston, Fillmore, Mower, Olmsted, Dodge and Rice. The majority of lands subject to this SFRMP are located in: Dakota, Wabasha, Winona, Houston and Fillmore counties. The Whitewater Wildlife Management Area and the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest are the primary state administered units within the Blufflands/Rochester Plateau subsections.
The Draft BRP SFRMP takes 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 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 Draft BRP SFRMP document outlines the planning process; forest vegetation management goals and directions; implementation Strategies; stand selection criteria used to identify the forest stands to be site visited by foresters and possibly treated over the ten year plan implementation period: FY2015 through FY2024; and, the 10-Year Stand Examination List which includes 848 stands totaling 16,183 acres.
The focus of this public review is to seek comments on the Draft BRP SFRMP, as well as comments on the specific stands included on the 10-Year Stand Examination List. Individual forest stands on the 10-Year Stand Exam List can be viewed and commented on through ForestView.
Comments on the Draft Blufflands/Rochester Plateau SFRMP and forest stands will be accepted until 4:30 p.m., February 3, 2014. All written comments received will be considered with responses prepared. Comments and Responses will be included in the Final Blufflands/Rochester Plateau SFRMP, scheduled for adoption by the DNR in March of 2014.
Direct comments or questions about this plan to:
Robert Pulford, Forestry Planner
DNR Division of Forestry
1601 Minnesota Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401