Resource Assessment

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About Resource Assessment

Resource Assessment (RA) supports DNR goals by providing inventory, monitoring, and data analysis products and services to the Minnesota government, collaborators, and the public to help them manage, conserve, and sustain natural resources.

New technology, frequent data acquisition, and modernized methods for analyzing data continue to make RA a leader in statewide natural resource management. The support model we developed enables us to build partnerships and provide the most cost-effective solutions to all stakeholders for long-term natural resource management decision-making.

Services and data products available

Resource Assessment provides high-quality data and information for our partners and customers, including public agencies, municipalities, tribal nations, private industry, non-profit organizations, and private land owners. Our services include fieldwork, aerial photography, mapping, reports and recommendations, and various spatial data analyses. Additional examples include:

  • Forest inventory (e.g., fieldwork, modeling)
  • Fall color and supplemental aerial photography
  • Cartographic mapping and map production
  • Forest Resources Reports and Action Plan
  • Forest canopy change detection
  • Forest cover type mapping
  • Wetland inventories
  • GIS analyses
  • Hydrographic modeling
  • Large raster processing
  • Lidar processing and derived product creation
  • Wetland status and trends monitoring
  • Forest fire vegetation health analysis
  • Natural disaster mapping and monitoring

Please use our contact information below to find out more about our services.

Forest inventory pilot project starting in 2023

We need help from private woodland owners! A new forest inventory pilot project is beginning in partnership with the Camp Ripley Sentinel Landscape program. Woodland owners with land in the project area are eligible to participate.

Forest inventory provides data on the type, number, and size of trees in forests. This information is important for forest management decision-making. Lidar technology, combined with field plot-based inventory (PBI), is used to create precise and current forest inventory information on the forest landscape. Until now, PBI has been collected primarily on public lands. Expanding PBI to private woodlands will provide landowners and managers with valuable information needed to maintain Minnesota's forested ecosystem's beauty, health, and resilience.

Email Lew Noska, Morrison SWCD Forester, or call 218-341-4911 for more information.

In the news and upcoming events

Resource Assessment keeps growing! Email Resource Assessment or check out the Minnesota Careers webpage to learn about job opportunities.

Check out this WCCO News Story about how RA uses lidar-derived information to enhance and update our forest inventory!

Other resources

Plot Based Inventory (PBI) field procedures: PBI manual and memo

Request a link to our instructional YouTube videos! Email Resource Assessment

For more information about Resource Assessment:

Dennis Kepler, Resource Assessment Supervisor

Jason Langenecker, Assistant Resource Assessment Supervisor

Jennifer Corcoran, Remote Sensing Program Consultant, Remote Sensing and GIS

Keb Guralski, Statewide Inventory Coordinator, Forest Inventory and GIS

David Wilson, Guideline Monitoring Program Consultant

General questions: Resource Assessment

Questions about Forest Inventory or Field Procedures: MN Forest Inventory or email Keb Guralski

Questions about the Minnesota Lidar Plan: LidarHUB or email MN Lidar or Jennifer Corcoran