Annual Stand Exam List

What is an Annual Stand Exam List?

The DNR plans forest stands to be evaluated for potential timber harvest or other forest management activity on a 10-year basis. Annual Stand Exam Lists (ASELs) are derived from this long-term 10-year plan. An ASEL is a work plan that consists of a pool of forest stands on DNR-administered lands on which timber harvest or another management activity is being considered during the upcoming fiscal year (July 1–June 30).

Each stand on an ASEL has been assigned a preliminary management prescription (e.g., clear-cut harvest with reserve areas, other regeneration harvests, thinning, and re-inventory). These preliminary prescriptions were developed using the best available data and direction, and criteria from the sustainable timber harvest plan. As shown in our inventory database, specific characteristics of the stand were taken into account, along with assessing desired future conditions for the site.

DNR field staff will conduct detailed field examinations of the ASEL sites to gather additional information before management activity decisions are determined. During these field examinations, field staff gathers site-specific details to develop a management prescription. Some stands identified in the ASEL are then appraised for some type of timber sale. However, field staff may also find that some stands, or portions of stands, are unsuitable for harvest during the field examination. In this case, the field staff will update the inventory data for these stands and/or schedule another field examination or management in a future year.

2022 Annual Stand Exam List

This list of forest stands will be examined during the fiscal year 2022, which begins July 1, 2021, and ends June 30, 2022. DNR field staff will consider about 4,100 forest stands on 80,000 acres for potential timber sales. Of this amount, an estimated 45,000 acres of timber will be offered for sale. Of these, approximately 37,000 acres receive harvest annually.

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


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For questions about Annual Stand Exam Lists, you can email questions to Adam James, DNR Forest Resources Planner.