Annual Stand Exam Lists (ASELs) are derived from existing forest resource management plans, which are based on long-term forest management goals. An ASEL is a work plan that consists of a pool of forest stands on DNR lands from which timber is being considered for sale during the upcoming state fiscal year (July 1–June 30).
Each stand in an ASEL has been assigned a preliminary management prescription (e.g., clear-cut harvest with reserve areas or trees, group selection harvest, thinning, reinventory). These preliminary prescriptions are developed using direction and criteria from an existing management plan. Specific characteristics of the stand, as shown in our inventory database, are taken into account, along with an assessment of desired future conditions for the site.
Before each site is offered for sale, detailed field examinations are conducted to gather additional information, adding site-specific details to the management prescription and making adjustments to the preliminary management prescription as necessary. Most stands identified in the ASEL are then appraised for some type of timber sale. Some stands or portions of stands may be found at field examination to be unsuitable for harvest; the inventory data for these stands will be updated and/or treatment will be deferred to a future year as needed.
The DNR provides public input opportunities in both long-term subsection forest resource management plans and annual stand exam lists. Detailed information for all sites in the upcoming fiscal year's annual stand exam list can be accessed through map-based interfaces available from the ForestView page. The map interfaces also provide a method for users to submit comments on the plans via online forms. All comments received on annual stand exam list sites are individually reviewed and responded to at the end of the designated public comment period.
For more information on Annual Stand Exam Lists contact: Jon Nelson, DNR Planning & Policy Supervisor