What are Section Forest Resource Management Plans? The DNR writes ten-year plans that guide:
Why do we make plans? Long-term planning helps ensure that state forest management activities meet statewide goals for ecological protection, timber production, and cultural/recreational values.
How does the process work? The DNR assembles teams from the Divisions of Forestry, Fish & Wildlife, and Ecological & Water Resources who work with partners and the public to write the plans.
How can you get involved? The DNR invites feedback at various points in the planning process through webinars, surveys, and open comment periods.
Section Forest Resource Management Plans (SFRMPs) guide vegetation management on timber-producing state forest lands. These particular lands are administered by the divisions of Forestry and Fish & Wildlife.
SFRMP coverage areas are determined by natural boundaries based on the Ecological Classification System (ECS). Each plan covers one ecological Section. There are seven forested Sections in Minnesota. Sections usually contain multiple Subsections, which provide the basic planning area unit in the SFRMPs.
Planning allows the DNR to strategically and sustainably manage state forestland over time. Each SFRMP identifies several components that help determine strategic direction. These components are based on available natural resource data for the region, DNR policy, legislative rules, and input from other forest planning efforts (see "Other planning efforts" below).
The planning process identifies which forest stands will likely be treated over the 10-year period. Potential management treatments include various types of timber harvest actions, thinning, forest regeneration, prescribed burning, and corrections to forest stand inventory information. Stands are selected for the 10-year list based on age; site productivity; size, number, and species of trees; and stand location.
Stands selected for the 10-year list will be field-visited by DNR staff over the 10-year planning period to determine the appropriate management actions for each stand, considering identified plan strategies and goals.
The objectives of the SFRMP process are to:
The process and the plans themselves must be flexible in order to adapt to new information and changing conditions. The SFRMP process provides for periodic reviews to monitor plan implementation and determine if plans need to be updated.
Teams consist of eight staff members:
The Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) creates 10-year Landscape Plans meant to provide forest resource management guidance across all ownerships within the planning areas (which are similar in scope to SFRMP planning areas). Landscape Plans have been completed for most forested parts of the state. It is important that DNR SFRMP teams consider the role that state forestlands play in achieving the broader MFRC regional landscape goals.
Other planning efforts are also considered when developing SFRMPs. These include:
The DNR invites public involvement throughout the planning process. Opportunities for each SFRMP include:
All SFRMP webinars and planning documents are available online. Paper copies are available upon request.