The annual list of potential timber harvest sites on state-administered forest land is now available for public review, said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Comments will be accepted until June 22.
The list of potential harvest sites is for fiscal year 2017, which begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2017. DNR field staff will examine 2,700 forest stands on nearly 60,000 acres for potential timber sales during the year. The DNR estimates that 45,000 of the 60,000 acres of forest land will be suitable for timber sales.
“If you have a house, cabin or favorite recreation spot near state forest land, you can check the list of potential timber harvests, see what is planned nearby and provide input,” said Jon Nelson, DNR forest planning supervisor.
There are two ways for the public to provide input – online or discuss it in person with a local forester. Forest stand locations and descriptions, along with their proposed management, are on the DNR website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/harvesting/plans.html. Those without Internet access or who prefer to review and discuss the site list directly with a forester, may contact or visit their local DNR area forestry office. Contact the office prior to a visit to ensure the appropriate forestry staff will be available.
The DNR administers 5 million acres of forest lands that have been certified as being well-managed by two separate third-party auditing systems. Annual lists of potential timber harvest sites are derived from multi-year forest management plans for state lands. The plans are developed by interdisciplinary DNR planning teams with public input, and based on long-term forest resource management goals.
For statewide timber harvest information, contact Jon Nelson, DNR Forestry in St. Paul at (651) 259-5278.