This page describes the state’s general forest management planning process. For information on where a plan for a particular forested section of the state may be in this process, see the Planning Sections page.
Initiating the planning process
- The DNR forms an interdisciplinary team for the the forest management plan.
- DNR staff assembles base assessment information.
- The DNR creates a page for the forest management plan on the DNR website.
- The DNR develops a contact list of public/stakeholders.
- Members of the public are informed that the planning process is beginning in the Section, given an estimated schedule, and told how and when they can be involved.
Assessment and issue identification
- The planning team adjusts and supplements the base resource assessment information for the planning area.
- The team identifies the preliminary list of issues to be addressed in the plan. The DNR notifies the public that the assessment information and a preliminary list of issues is available on the DNR website.
- The planning team develops general direction statements, strategies, and desired forest composition (DFC) goals in response to the identified issues.
- DNR staff identifies DNR forest stands to be considered for treatment over the 10-year planning period consistent with the draft strategic direction.
- The DNR staff identifies new access needs associated with the list of forest stands proposed for treatment.
- The draft plan is distributed for public review and comment.
- The planning team summarizes and develops draft responses for public comments received on the draft plan.
- The planning team revises strategic direction, list of forest stands, and new access needs as appropriate based on public input.
- A summary of comments, responses, and plan revisions is presented to the DNR commissioner for approval.
- The commissioner approves the final plan.