Northern Superior Uplands Section Forest Resource Management Plan
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started to prepare the Northern Superior Uplands Section Forest Resource Management Plan (NSU SFRMP ). This Plan will guide forest vegetation management for five ecological subsections: Border Lakes, Laurentian Uplands, Nashwauk Uplands, Northern Superior Highlands, and Toimi Uplands.
The planning process results in two documents: the Preliminary Issues and Assessment; and, the NSU SFRMP. The purpose of the Preliminary Issues and Assessment document is to: identify the issues to be addressed in the NSU SFRMP; and to provide background information on the subsections 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 subsections.
The public will have several opportunities to comment on the Preliminary Issues and Assessment as well as the Draft NSU 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 proceeds, the Preliminary Issues and Assessment document, the three webinars, and the Draft NSU SFRMP will be posted on the DNR website to facilitate public review and participation.
The majority of the land cover in the NSU is identified as upland forest; the rest is comprised of low ground forest and other wetlands, shrub, and open water. NSU is comprised of nearly 7.4 million acres; 66% is in public ownership, 35% is privately held, and 1% is tribal ownership. State ownership in NSU accounts for 2.1 million acres or 29%. From these acres this planning process will identify Forestry and Fish 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:
Lynn Mizner, Forestry Planner
DNR Division of Forestry
1200 Minnesota Ave. S.,
Aitkin, MN 56431
phone: 218-927-7500 ext 245