What are Annual Plan Additions?
The DNR plans forest stands to be evaluated for potential timber harvest or other forest management on a 10-year basis. Each individual year's list of forest stands to be evaluated is called the annual stand exam list and is released for public comment annually. Forest stands are added or subtracted from this list regularly to ensure appropriate management occurs. These forest stands are typically recommended by field personnel for timber harvest during the current fiscal year (July 1–June 30). Adjustments to the stand exam list occur when new information from field surveys is available, there are changes in resource conditions, or when there are nearby harvest activities.
Annual plan additions will be kept to a minimum. If possible, the management action will be delayed until the next annual stand exam list to provide ample time for notifying and soliciting comments from the public.
30-Day Comment Period
Where quick action is not needed, the public will be provided an opportunity to comment on proposed annual plan additions before they are offered for sale. The public will be notified through this website and a stakeholder mailing list. In most cases, a 30-day comment period will be provided on annual plan additions, not requiring quick action. Comments on stands or questions concerning annual plan additions can be directed to [email protected]
Available for review now: Annual Plan Additions Fiscal Year 2024 Harvest Plan Addition No. 4 - Comment period ends March 4, 2024.
Stand location and data can be viewed through the forest inventory viewer.
Stands can be searched for within the Forestry inventory viewer by entering the Township, Range, and Section (optional) within the place bar(search bar) and leaving the type as ---any---.
The syntax to use is T(township number)R(range number)S(section number).If searching for Township 64 Range 20 Section 33, enter t64r20s33 or T64R20S33.
Full directions on using the search capabilities within the forest inventory viewer can be found within the web application itself and on the Forest inventory viewer help page.
Exceptions to Prior Public Notification
Public notification may not be possible if a quick management response is needed. Some general examples of these situations include:
- addressing previously unknown pockets of insect and disease infestations or beaver flooding
- harvesting small acreages adjacent to timber being harvested by other landowners, especially when access is limited
- adjusting forest inventory (CSA) stand boundaries due to errors in cover typing
- salvaging timber related to blowdown, wildfire, etc.
Stands needing quick action will be included in the periodic Notice of Annual Plan Additions after the information is received from field offices. Comments will be accepted regarding these sites, but management actions may have already occurred when the public is notified or has had time to respond.