This Subsection Forest Resource Management Plan (SFRMP) considers state forest lands administered by the DNR divisions of Forestry and Fish and Wildlife in the Chippewa Plains and the Pine Moraines and Outwash Plains subsection landscape units. These two units cover approximately 4.6 million acres from roughly Deer River on the east to Detroit Lakes on the west and Camp Ripley on the south to Kelliher on the north. For more detailed land descriptions, refer to chapters 1 through 3 of the Preliminary Issues and Assessment document.
Recreation, forestry, and tourism are major uses of land in these two subsections. Public agencies administer 42 percent of the land, with the state portion being 682,986 acres or 14 percent. Approximately 401,160 acres (9 percent) of the state land is timberland that are considered for wood products production and other resource management objectives in this plan. Other state lands include state parks and nontimberlands such as bogs and brushlands that will not be considered. In addition, the federal government owns 560,314 acres (12 percent), which are managed by the USDA Forest Service as part of the Chippewa National Forest. Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and Wadena counties own and manage 732,079 acres (16 percent). Private owners control 2,526,459 acres (58 percent). Of that, industry owns 3 percent and tribal governments own 1 percent. For more details about land ownership, refer to Chapter 2 of the Preliminary Issues and Assessment document.
Chippewa Plain—Pine Moraines and Outwash Plains 4,656,749 acres
DNR Forestry completed a Gap Analysis Program (GAP) classification for all lands in these subsections using satellite imagery. It showed that 52 percent of the land area (nonwater) is covered by forest and 16 percent by cropland. Aspen and birch cover types occupy 54 percent of the forested area. DNR forest inventory in these subsections shows that 34 percent of state timberlands are composed of the aspen, birch, and balm of Gilead cover types while 21 percent are nonforested lowlands. For details about cover types, refer to Chapter 3 of the Preliminary Issues and Assessment document.