Northern Minnesota & Ontario Peatlands Section Forest Resource Management Plan
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has begun preparing the Northern Minnesota & Ontario Peatlands Section Forest Resource Management Plan (NMOP SFRMP). 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.
Planning Team and Process
The planning process will result in two documents: the Preliminary Issues and Assessment; and the NMOP SFRMP. The purpose of the Preliminary Issues and Assessment document is to: identify the types of issues to be addressed in the NMOP SFRMP, and provide background information on the planning area's forest cover types, land ownership and administration, wildlife species, and ecological resources. The Preliminary Issues and Assessment document is intended to provide a general background for the public concerning the wide-ranging resources found in this area.
The NMOP SFRMP planning process is being coordinated by a team comprised of DNR staff with numerous expertise and responsibilities in forest, wildlife and ecological resource management. The team's focus at this time is to gather updated information describing the forest resource in this part of the state, and to identify issues to be addressed during the upcoming planning process. The draft NMOP SFRMP, scheduled to be completed in January 2015, will recommend vegetation management actions for most of the state administered lands in this area.
The planning team will begin preparing the draft NMOP SFRMP following completion of the Preliminary Issues and Assessment document.
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.
In addition to review of the Preliminary Issues and Assessment document, stakeholders are 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); stakeholders will receive separate email notice to view this webinar.
- Review of the Draft NMOP SFRMP (January 2015).