These maps showing potential availability of woody biomass in Minnesota.
Maps showing potential availability of biomass in Minnesota
Ecological Land Classifications are used to identify, describe, and map areas of land with relatively uniform ecological features. The system uses associations of biotic and environmental factors, including climate, geology, topography, soils, hydrology, and vegetation.
This map displays general categories of land ownership across Minnesota. Landowners' land management goals affect biomass availability.
DNR Managed Lands
This map indicates which DNR division administers various state-owned lands. Land management goals may differ between divisions. Designated Scientific and Natural Areas are included in the areas identified as Ecological and Water Resources lands.
Areas With Restricted Harvesting
This map displays areas where biomass harvesting may be restricted (though not necessarily prohibited) by the presence of a national park or wilderness area or an ecologically sensitive site.
Existing Woody Biomass Energy Facilities
This map displays the location of woody biomass energy facilities and sawmills that consume 5 million board feet or more per year. Several of the facilities identified as large woody biomass energy facilities are also paper mills. The map illustrates where potential competition for wood resources exists as well as areas for biomass opportunities.
Priority Open Landscapes
This map identifies where there may be additional opportunities for small-diameter, herbaceous or brush biomass material and where existing woody biomass facilities are currently located. It identifies open landscapes administered primarily by DNR's divisions of Forestry and Fish and Wildlife that are generally considered available for forest management activities. Characteristics of open landscapes include younger trees, the absence of extended-rotation forests, and the presence of small-diameter brush material.
Select a county to see an up-close display of local access roads, riparian buffers, forest stewardship plans, and slopes with a grade of 30 percent or greater.