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MN DNR Timber Harvest Level - Public comment open until December 30th

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A fresh look at sustainable timber harvest levels on DNR-administered forest lands

Update—Public comment period open December 1-30

The DNR is seeking public comment on a draft analysis report that is part of our ongoing effort to update the sustainable timber harvest target for DNR-administered forest lands. The report does not identify a single recommended sustainable harvest level. Rather, it displays a range of possible solutions given various model scenarios and management priorities. Public comment on the draft analysis report will be considered as part of the final report due in early 2018. Please watch the video and review the report before submitting comments. The public comment period is open December 1-30, 2017.

Background

The DNR is seeking public comment on a draft analysis report that is part of our ongoing effort to update the sustainable timber harvest target for DNR-administered forest lands. The report does not identify a single recommended sustainable harvest level. Rather, it displays a range of possible solutions given various model scenarios and management priorities. Public comment on the draft analysis report will be considered as part of the final report due in early 2018. Please watch the video and review the report before submitting comments. The public comment period is open December 1-30, 2017.

DNR strives to provide a stable, quality source of wood fiber to industry in a manner that is sustainable and conserves Minnesota's state forest resources into the future. A variety of environmental and economic factors will be considered in the analysis. The final report will provide important benchmarks for the amount of timber harvested from DNR-administered forest lands.

Forest benefits considered in the analysis

  • Timber Productivity
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Biodiversity
  • Water Quality and Water Quantity
  • Forest Community Health and Invasive Species
  • Economic Impact

Anticipated Timeline for Completion

  • Stakeholder Advisory Group engagement: Dec 2016–Spring 2018
  • Contractor work: April 2017–February 2018
  • Draft report available for public comment: Fall 2017
  • Final Report to Governor's Office: Spring 2018

The DNR has contracted with Mason, Bruce & Girard (MB&G) to complete the modeling and analysis work for this project. Last summer, they developed a "Phase I" progress report PDF on the initial work for this project. That initial work was as a launching point into more in-depth modeling and analysis that has been ongoing since that time.

Stakeholder Advisory Group

Fourteen citizens representing a broad range of interests were selected based on their knowledge of and interest in forestry and forest management; wildlife habitat; conservation impacts; and the timber industry. All members are dedicated to working collaboratively to meet common goals.

Group members represent: Blandin Paper, Izaak Walton League, Potlatch, Minnesota Forest Industries, U.S. Forest Service, Minnesota Deer Hunter's Association, Minnesota Forest Resources Council, The Nature Conservancy, Ruffed Grouse Society, Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Audubon Society, University of Minnesota, Timber Producer's Association, and Minnesota Association of County Land Commissioners. In addition, DNR staff representing the divisions of Forestry, Wildlife, and Ecological and Water Resources participate in the stakeholder advisory group.

Comments or questions about the sustainable timber harvest analysis can be sent to:

Email: stha.dnr@state.mn.us

Mail to: Sustainable Timber Harvest Analysis Project
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155

 

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