Northern Minnesota & Ontario Peatlands Section Forest Resource Management Plan
The Minnesota The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces that forest management planning is underway for the Northern Minnesota & Ontario Peatlands Section Forest Resource Management Plan (NMOP SFRMP). Stakeholders are invited to view three webinars concerning the NMOP SFRMP planning process:
- Introduction & Background on the new SFRMP planning process
- Alternative Harvest Scenarios
- Review of the Draft NMOP SFRMP (not yet available)
Planning Team and Process
The NMOP SFRMP will identify management of forest vegetation for two areas in northern Minnesota: the Agassiz Lowlands and the Littlefork-Vermilion Uplands. These two areas extend across northern Minnesota and include all or parts of the following counties: Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Koochiching, St. Louis, Itasca, Beltrami, and Clearwater. The largest blocks of DNR land within these areas are the Beltrami Island State Forest, Koochiching State Forest, Red Lake State Forest, Pine Island State Forest, and the Kabetogama State Forest. The larger wildlife management areas included in this plan include: Red Lake WMA, Wapiti WMA, and the Moose River.
The NMOP SFRMP will comprise of two documents: the Preliminary Issues and Assessment and the NMOP SFRMP Plan.
The Preliminary Issues and Assessment document identified the types of issues to be addressed in the NMOP SFRMP and provide background information on the planning area's dominant canopy trees, land ownership and administration, wildlife species, and ecological resources.
NMOP SFRMP plan follows the Preliminary Issues and Assessment document. The SFRMP planning team is comprised of DNR staff with significant expertise and responsibilities in forest, wildlife, and ecological resource management. The team's focus will be to gather updated information describing the forest resources and to identify issues, which will be addressed during the planning process. Outcomes of the NMOP SFRMP will balance the interests of ecological concerns, wildlife habitat and forest harvesting that result in a sustainable 10 year harvest plan for the NMOP ecologic section. The draft NMOP SFRMP is scheduled to be completed June 2016.