Resource Assessment

various images of Resource Assessment aerial imagary products

About Resource Assessment

Resource Assessment (RA) supports DNR goals by providing inventory, monitoring, and data analysis products and services to 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 customers with high-quality data and information. Our services consist of detailed natural resource field inventory, aerial photography acquisitions, photo interpretation and mapping, satellite image processing, reports and recommendations, and many different types of spatial data analyses. Additional examples include:

  • Forest inventory
  • 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

In the news and upcoming events

We are hiring! Email Resource Assessment to find out more or check out the Minnesota Careers webpage and search for:

  • "59036" for the Research Analysis Specialist Senior position, closing Oct. 6.
  • “58912” for the Biometrician/Forest Modeler position, closing Oct. 10.

Resource Assessment staff will present at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium's 32nd Annual Conference in Bemidji on Oct. 13-14, 2022. Email us ahead of time to connect!

Check out this WCCO News Story about how RA is using 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