Blufflands/Rochester Plateau

graphic: Map of Blufflands Rochester Plateau

The Blufflands/Rochester Plateau Subsection Forest Resource Management Plan (BRP SFRMP) guides forest resource management for state-administered lands in the Blufflands and Rochester Plateau ECS subsections. 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.

This plan was developed by an interdisciplinary DNR team from the divisions of Forestry, Fish and Wildlife, and Ecological and Water Resources and includes:

  • long-term strategic goals, strategies, and desired future forest conditions (DFFCs);
  • cover type management recommendations to foresters concerning specific vegetation management techniques;
  • a stand exam list of 848 forest stands totaling 16,183 acres to be treated consistent with the strategies, DFFCs, and cover type management recommendations identified in the BRP SFRMP.
  • The final BRP SFRMP may be obtained by downloading the final plan chapters, maps, and appendices; requesting a paper copy, or requesting a CD.

Direct comments, questions, or requests for a paper or CD copy of any of these final plans can be submitted via email to:

Jon Nelson,
DNR-Division of Forestry,
500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul,
MN 55155-4044;
fax: 651-296-5954
phone: 651-259-5278.