The Minnesota Division of Forestry is seeking stakeholder and public input on the draft 2020 Forest Action Plan revisions. The comment period runs from March 2, to April 1, 2020.
What should you know?
Minnesota submits a Forest Action Plan to the USDA Forest Service every 10 years. Submission and approval of this plan is a requirement for eligibility to receive federal funds from the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry program, under the authority of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act (CFAA).
Examples of these federal funds include:
- Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR),
- Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI),
- Wildfire Risk Reduction (WRR) grants under the authority of the CFAA.
Minnesota's Forest Action Plans are developed over several years in a collaboration between:
- Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
- USDA Forest Service
- Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) Landscape Committees (representing several counties, Tribes, state and federal agencies, forest industry, loggers, private forest landowners and other diverse forestry interest groups including non-profits.)
- Forest Stewardship Council, State Technical Committee, Shade Tree Advisory Committee.
Minnesota's draft 2020 Forest Action Plan revisions consist of two documents:
- Part 1 - Assessment and Trends
- Part 2- Strategies, Stakeholders, Success Stories and National Trends
The 2010 Minnesota Forest Action Plan and the 2015 update are available to view through the State Foresters website.
How can you participate?
Download and review the 2020 Forest Action Plan documents.
Submit comments to Helen Cozzetto
by email: [email protected]
or by mail:
Helen Cozzetto-Forest Resources Policy Planner
246 125th Ave NE
Thief River Falls, MN 56701