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 ). This Plan will identify forest vegetation management for two ecological subsections: Agassiz Lowlands and the Littlefork Vermilion Uplands.
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 Section relating to 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 broad resources found in the NMOP ecological Section.
The public has several opportunities to comment on the Preliminary Issues and Assessment as well as the Draft NMOP SFRMP. These opportunities include:
- Participation in three webinars:
- Introduction & Background on the SFRMP planning process
- Stakeholder comment on alternative harvest scenarios (scheduled for August 2014);
- Review of the Draft NMOP SFRMP (scheduled to coincide with the 30-day review period)
- A formal 30-day public review period for the Draft NMOP SFRMP (scheduled for November 2014).
As the planning process progresses, the Preliminary Issues and Assessment document, the three webinars, and the Draft NMOP SFRMP will be posted on this website for public information.
The Northern Minnesota & Ontario Peatlands ecological Section consists of a total land area of approximately 5.3 million acres. The majority of the land cover in the NMOP is identified as lowland conifer deciduous, upland deciduous forest and aquatic environments (swamp, wetlands). The majority of the land is in public ownership. There is a little over 2.9 million acres (55%) of land in public ownership (federal, county, state). State ownership accounts for approximately 2.3 million acres. From these acres this planning process will identify Forestry and Wildlife administered lands that will be assigned a treatment prescription over the next ten years (10-year stand exam list).
Direct comments or questions about this plan to:
Robert Pulford, Forestry Planner
DNR Division of Forestry
1601 Minnesota Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401