Western Superior Uplands Section

Forest Resources Management Plan

Map of Minnesota showing the location of Western Superior Uplands Section

The DNR is currently developing the Western Superior Uplands Section Forest Resources Management Plan (WSU SFRMP). This plan replaces the Mille Lacs Uplands sub-section plan that was finalized in 2008.

Along with the DNR's 10-year stand exam list, SFRMPs are operational plans for achieving strategic goals and direction for vegetation management. The revised WSU SFRMP will provide ecological section-specific guidance for advancing landscape-level goals on state-administered lands. The plan also identifies management opportunity areas, such as ruffed grouse management areas and old forest management complexes around old-growth stands.

The DNR will make the draft plan available for comment during summer or fall 2022.

Western Superior Uplands Section information

The Western Superior Uplands Section covers approximately 3.5 million acres from Brainerd to Carlton in the north and Sauk Rapids to Taylors Falls in the south, and includes approximately 250,000 acres of state-managed forest land. The geology of the 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 are primarily 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

Direct comments or questions about this plan to: [email protected]