These maps showing potential availability of woody biomass in Minnesota.

Maps showing potential availability of biomass in Minnesota

image: Ecological land classification map of Minnesota

Ecological Sections
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.

image: Map of state of Minnesota showing ownership across Minnesota

Coarse Ownership
This map displays general categories of land ownership across Minnesota. Landowners' land management goals affect biomass availability.

image: Map of Minnesota showing DNR administers

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.

image: Map of Minnesota showing area were biomass harvesting may be restricted

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.

image: Map of Minnesota showing existing woody biomass energy facilities

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.

images: Map of Minnesota showing additional opportunties for small diameter, herbaceous or brush boimass material.

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.

image: Map of Minnesota

Interactive Maps
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.