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Timber Harvest Management Plan Amendments

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Trails is amending the management plans for two state parks where timber harvest activities are planned as part of resource management projects this year.

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 amendments will clarify the use of timber harvesting as a resource management tool in these state parks.

The timber harvesting is scheduled to take place at Fort Ridgely State Park and Myre-Big Island State Park.

Review the draft management plan amendments

Open Houses

Two open houses were held in February 2013 for those interested in learning more about the plan amendments and upcoming resource projects. The public comment period for these plans has now ended.


For more information, please contact Jade Templin: or 651-259-5598.