Forest Management Planning Sections

The DNR is in the process of updating its narrative Section Forest Resource Management plans. When the update process is complete, there will be one plan for each of the seven forested ecological sections in the state. These plans will cover larger areas of the state than the previous planning system, which divided the state's forested areas into 10 smaller geographic units.

These updated plans will complement the DNR's sustainable timber harvest decision and 10-year stand exam list (covering fiscal years 2021-2030) by providing Section-specific guidance to advance landscape-level goals through the site and sub-landscape level management.

Planning unit boundary changes

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Original SFRMP boundaries

Original boundaries

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Revised SFRMP Boundaries (outlined in red) compared to former SFRMP Boundaries
(colored areas). DNR Administrative Regions are outlined in blue.

Revised boundaries

Section Forest Resource Management plan timelines

 

New forest management plan areas

Old forest management plan areas

Expected year plan revision will begin

Aspen Parklands

Aspen Parklands

2021

Northern Minnesota and Ontario Peatlands

Agassiz Lowlands

Plan revision in progress

North 4 (part)

Northern Superior Uplands

Border Lakes

Plan revision in progress

North Shore Area

North 4 (part)

Northern Minnesota Drift and Lake Plains

Chippewa Plains-Pine Moraines & Outwash Plains

2021

North 4 (part)

Western Superior Uplands

Mille Lacs Uplands

2021

Minnesota and Northeast Iowa Moraines

Hardwood Hills

2022

Anoka Sand Plain

Paleozoic Plateau

Blufflands-Rochester Plateau

2022