Subsection Forest Resource Management Planning

The DNR is preparing forest management plans for the Northern Minnesota and Ontario Peatlands and Northern Superior Uplands in northern Minnesota. More information »

link to Ecological Classification Systems webpage

Since 2000, the DNR has been developing vegetation management plans for forest land it manages using the subsection level of the DNR Ecological Classification System (ECS) to define the planning unit. The resulting subsection resource management plans (SFRMPs) establish forest management direction for about 4.9 million acres of land administered primarily by the divisions of Forestry and Fish and Wildlife that are generally considered available for forest management.
Interdisciplinary DNR teams with members from the divisions of Forestry, Fish and Wildlife, and Ecological and Water Resources develop each SFRMP under guidance from DNR leadership. Each SFRMP includes:

  • an assessment of forest conditions within the subsection
  • long-term (10- and 50-year) strategic direction and desired future forest composition goals related to vegetation management on DNR lands within the subsection
  • selection of forest stands to be visited over the 10-year planning period and potentially treated (e.g., harvested) to implement the identified strategic direction and goals.

Additional information: Monitoring of subsection forest resource management plans pdf

For additional information contact Jon Nelson at 651-259-5278 or