The DNR develops vegetation management plans for state forest lands using boundaries based on its Ecological Classification System (ECS). DNR's ECS divides Minnesota's forested landscapes based on local geology and ecology. The resulting Section Forest Resource Management Plans (SFRMPs) establish forest management direction for nearly 5 million acres of land administered primarily by the Divisions of Forestry and Fish & Wildlife.
Interdisciplinary DNR teams with members from the Divisions of Forestry, Fish & Wildlife, and Ecological & Water Resources develop each SFRMP under guidance from DNR leadership. Each SFRMP includes:
- an assessment of forest conditions within the Section
- long-term (10–and 50-year) strategic direction and desired future forest composition goals related to vegetation management on DNR lands within the Section
- selection of forest stands to be visited over the 10-year planning period and potentially treated (e.g., harvested) to implement the identified strategic direction and goals.
The DNR is preparing an analysis on the sustainable harvest level for state administered timberlands. The department will resume SFRMP planning when that project is complete. Information on sustainable timber harvest analysis project can be found by going to the sustainable timber harvest analysis website.
For additional information contact Jon Drimel, DNR Forest Resource Planner.