Annual Stand Exam Lists

What is an Annual Stand Exam List?

Annual Stand Exam Lists (ASELs) are derived from existing forest resource management plans, which are based on long-term forest management goals. An ASEL is a work plan that consists of a pool of forest stands on DNR lands from which timber is being considered for sale during the upcoming state fiscal year (July 1–June 30).

Each stand in an ASEL has been assigned a preliminary management prescription (e.g., clear-cut harvest with reserve areas of trees, group selection harvest, thinning, reinventory). These preliminary prescriptions are developed using direction and criteria from an existing management plan. Specific characteristics of the stand, as shown in our inventory database, are taken into account, along with an assessment of desired future conditions for the site.

Before each site is offered for sale, detailed field examinations are conducted to gather additional information. Field staff add site-specific details to the harvest plan and make adjustments to the preliminary management prescription as necessary. Most stands identified in the ASEL are then appraised for some type of timber sale. Some stands or portions of stands may be found at field examination to be unsuitable for harvest; the inventory data for these stands will be updated and/or treatment will be deferred to a future year as needed.

2019 Annual Stand Exam List

The annual list of potential timber harvest sites on state-administered forest land is available for public review. The list of potential harvest sites is for fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2019. DNR field staff will consider about 3,400 forest stands on nearly 72,000 acres for potential timber sales. Of this amount, an estimated 47,000 acres of timber will be offered for sale.

Public comments regarding the management of individual forest stands can be submitted via a Web-based form when viewing the stand data during the open public comment period.

To view forest inventory data for state-administered lands go to ForestView.


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