The Hardwood Hills Subsection Forest Resource Management Plan (HH SFRMP) was finalized April 9, 2012. The HH SFRMP will guide resource management decisions for state-administered lands in the Hardwood Hills, an ecological subsection in central Minnesota that includes approximately 46,099 acres of state forestlands with 16,231 managed acres capable of producing timber and administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and Section of Wildlife. The subsection covers approximately 3.5 million acres from near Mentor in the northwest to near Clearbrook in the northeast, and from near Paynesville in the southwest to near Clearwater in the southeast.
The HH SFRMP considers 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 HH SFRMP consists of two primary products: a resource management plan and a 10-year stand exam list. The resource management plan outlines the planning process, forest vegetation management goals and directions, and implementation strategies for state-administered lands in the subsection as well as the stand selection criteria used to identify the forest stands to be site visited by foresters and possibly treated over the 10-year period 2011–2020. The 10-year stand exam list includes physical descriptions of the 210 stands totaling 3,787 acres that will be visited during the plan's implementation phase as well as locations for each stand on the list.
Jon Drimel, DNR Forest Resource Planner