State Forests

Savanna State Forest


Forest Landscape: Savanna State Forest is composed of a mixture of hilly hardwood terrain and wild grass meadows, and boasts the mighty Mississippi along its western border. Look for aspen, maple, basswood, birch, black spruce, tamarack, and cedar. The forest also claims Savanna Portage, the famous rough swampy six-mile portage linking the west Savanna River of the Mississippi River system with the east Savanna River, which eventually empties into the Great Lakes.

Management Activities: Minnesota's state forests were established to produce timber and other forest crops, provide outdoor recreation, protect watersheds, and perpetuate rare and distinctive species of native flora and fauna. The DNR applies multiple-use management principles to allocate state forest resources to meet the needs of Minnesota citizens. Management actions are planned to maximize the sustained yield of renewable resources while maintaining or improving the forest's productive capacity. Foresters select the timber to be harvested. In some types of timber, such as hardwoods, white pine, and Norway pine, individual trees are carefully selected and marked for cutting. Other types of timber, such as aspen and jack pine, which cannot reproduce in the shade of other trees, are clear-cut (i.e., the entire stand is removed).

Acres: 238,954

Year Estab: 1933


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