Father Hennepin State Park - Timber Harvest Management Plan Amendment

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Trails is amending the management plan for Father Hennepin State Park to include timber harvest as a resource management tool for the forested lands in the park.

The Parks and Trails Division uses timber harvesting as a tool to meet its resource management goals and to facilitate interpretive and recreation activities. Timber harvests take place in state parks and state recreation areas primarily to restore or manage native plant communities. In some cases, a harvest is necessary to restore visitor access and safety by clearing trails and reducing the risk of forest fires from downed timber following a storm.

A management plan sets the direction for the state park for the next 15-20 years and includes recommendations for managing natural and cultural resources and providing recreational and interpretative opportunities to park visitors. The plan amendment will clarify the use of timber harvesting as a resource management tool at Father Hennepin State Park.

Review the draft management plan amendment

Father Hennepin State Park timber harvest plan amendment

Attend the open house **POSTPONED**

Following the state guidance concerning COVID-19, the open house has been postponed. The plan amendment remains available for review and comment. Additional information about rescheduling the open house will be posted here when available.

Learn more about the plan amendment and upcoming resource project at an open house at the Mille Lacs Kathio State Park office. (Mille Lacs Kathio State Park manages Father Hennepin State Park.)

When:5 - 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020 **POSTPONED**
Where:Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
 15066 Kathio State Park Road, Onamia, MN 56359
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Comment on the plan amendment

Submit comments on the plan amendment in person at the open house, or email them to   [email protected]. Comments may also be mailed to:

Father Hennepin State Park Plan Amendment comments
c/o Jade Templin
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box 4039
St. Paul, MN 55155-4039


Please contact Jade Templin at 651-259-5598 or [email protected].