Western Superior Uplands Section

Forest Management Plan

Map of Minnesota showing the location of Western Superior Uplands SectionThe forest management plan for the Mille Lacs Uplands Sub-Section was finalized June of 2008. This ecological section covers approximately 3,498,533 acres from Brainerd to Carlton on the North and Sauk Rapids to Taylors Falls on the South, and includes 232,000 acres of state-managed forest land.

The Western Superior Uplands Section will be the planning unit covering this area going forward.

The Western Superior Uplands Section is defined by a large area of the Superior Lobe ground moraines and end moraine in east central Minnesota.  Gently rolling till plains and drumlin fields are dominant landforms in this ecoregion. The jewel of this region is Mille Lacs Lake. The forest ecosystems within this ecological section upland hardwoods consisting of red oak, sugar maple, basswood and aspen-birch forests with a mix of planted and natural conifers.

Defining or unique features of this part of the state include:

  • Lake Mille Lacs
  • Several large state parks
  • A recent history of damaging windstorms.
  • A mix of forest, agriculture, and developed landcover

The section forest resource management plan outlines the planning process, forest vegetation management goals and directions, and implementation strategies for state-administered lands in the Section. It also identifies management opportunity areas, such as ruffed grouse management areas and old forest management complexes around old growth stands, in the Section.

Plan documents: