Forest Management Planning Process

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Draft plan

  • 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.

Step 4

Final plan

  • 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.