Northern Superior Uplands Section

Northern Superior Uplands Section Forest Resource Managment Plan

The DNR is in the process of developing the Northern Superior Uplands Section Forest Resource Management Plan (NSU SFRMP).  The plan will be finalized using public and internal interdisciplinary input.

Work on this plan began in 2014, but was paused in 2016 to complete the DNR's Sustainable Timber Harvest Analysis (STHA). The DNR resumed planning for the NSU SFRMP in 2018, following a DNR decision on the statewide sustainable timber harvest level, and implementation of that decision through development of 10-year stand exam lists for all ecological sections of the state, including NSU.

Plan Status

Going forward, the NSU SFRMP will guide state forest management activities in the Section as the 10-year stand exam list is implemented.

The comment period on the draft plan is open until Monday, August 29, 2022. Comments will be addressed and then the plan will be reviewed by DNR leadership. Once approved, the final plan documents will be available on this page.

View NSU SFRMP draft

Additional resources for commenting:

We invite you to provide your input on the draft plan by submitting comments to [email protected]

Northern Superior Uplands Section and Plan Information

The Northern Superior Uplands Section is comprised of five subsections: Border Lakes, Laurentian Uplands, Nashwauk Uplands, North Shore Highlands, and Toimi Uplands. These five units include much of the area from Lake Superior in the east to Grand Rapids in the west, and from Cromwell in the south to International Falls in the north.

The NSU SFRMP's preliminary assessment (completed in 2015) provides background information on the planning area's dominant canopy trees, land ownership and administration, forest health status, wildlife species, and ecological resources. Note that this document was developed before the DNR's sustainable timber harvest analysis, when 10-year stand exam lists were developed through the SFRMP process. Now that the sustainable timber harvest decisions and 10-year stand exam list are determined outside of the SFRMP process, some information related to the planning process in this document may not be up-to-date.

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