Steps in the SFRMP process

Step 1

Initiating the Planning Process

  • The DNR forms an interdisciplinary team for the SFRMP.
  • DNR staff assembles base assessment information.
  • The DNR creates a page for the SFRMP on the DNR website.
  • The DNR develops a contact list of public/stakeholders.
  • Members of the public are informed that the planning process is beginning in the Section, given an estimated schedule, and told how and when they can be involved.
  • SFRMP Team prepares an introductory webinar and makes it available to the public

Step 2a

Assessment and Issue Identification

  • The Section team adjusts and supplements the base resource assessment information for the Section.
  • The team identifies the preliminary list of issues to be addressed in the plan. The DNR notifies the public that the assessment information and a preliminary list of issues is available on the DNR web site.

Step 2b

  • The SFRMP team develops harvest modeling scenarios and outputs, and prepares webinar and supporting technical document.
  • Modeling scenario webinar (and supporting technical document) is made available for public review and comment.

Step 3

Draft Plan

  • The SFRMP team develops general direction statements, strategies, and desired forest composition (DFC) goals in response to the identified issues.
  • The DNR finalizes the harvest scheduling model based on public input received in step 2b. 
  • DNR staff identifies DNR forest stands to be considered for treatment over the 10-year planning period consistent with the draft strategic direction.
  • The DNR staff identifies new access needs associated with the list of stands proposed for treatment.
  • The draft plan is distributed for public review and comment.

Step 4

Final Plan

  • The SFRMP team summarizes and develops draft responses for public comments received on the draft plan.
  • The subsection team revises strategic direction, list of stands, and new access needs as appropriate based on public input.
  • A summary of comments, responses, and plan revisions is presented to the DNR commissioner for approval.
  • The commissioner approves the final plan.