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 »

The DNR develops vegetation management plans for state forest lands using boundaries based on its Ecological Classification System (ECS). DNR's ECS divides Minnesota's forested landscapes based on local geology and ecology. The resulting Section Forest Resource Management Plans (SFRMPs) establish forest management direction for nearly 5 million acres of land administered primarily by the Divisions of Forestry and Fish & Wildlife.


Interdisciplinary DNR teams with members from the Divisions of Forestry, Fish & Wildlife, and Ecological & Water Resources develop each SFRMP under guidance from DNR leadership. Each SFRMP includes:

  • an assessment of forest conditions within the Section
  • long-term (10– and 50-year) strategic direction and desired future forest composition goals related to vegetation management on DNR lands within the Section
  • 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.

For additional information contact Jon Nelson at 651-259-5278 or jon.nelson@state.mn.us.