Northern Minnesota & Ontario Peatlands Section Forest Resource Management Plan
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to comment on the Preliminary Issues and Assessment document for the Northern Minnesota & Ontario Peatlands Section Forest Resource Management Plan (NMOP SFRMP). Comment can be sent to Robert Pulford.
Stakeholders are also invited to view three webinars concerning the NMOP SFRMP planning process:
- Introduction & Background on the SFRMP planning process
- Alternative Harvest Scenarios (scheduled for November 2014)
- Review of the Draft NMOP SFRMP (January 2015).
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, Moose River WMA, and the Roseau River WMA.
The NMOP SFRMP will comprise of two documents: the Preliminary Issues and Assessment and the NMOP SFRMP Plan.
The Preliminary Issues and Assessment document will identify 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 writing will begin once the Preliminary Issues and Assessment document is completed. This team will be comprised of DNR staff with numerous 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 include adjustments to or confirmation of long-term desired future tree species make up for DNR lands within the subsections; and identifying DNR forest stands intended to be managed over the upcoming 10-year plan implementation period. The draft NMOP SFRMP is scheduled to be completed January 2015.