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Forest Resources Council requests Public Comment on Regional Forest Plan


Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) is requesting citizen review and comment on the draft Southeast Landscape Plan: A Regional Plan to Guide Sustainable Forest Management. The plan provides cross-ownership recommendations for long-term forest sustainability in Minnesota’s Southeast Landscape, which covers Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona Counties. Comments are due on Friday September 12, 2014.

The plan was developed by the Southeast Regional Landscape Committee, which consists of private landowners; state, federal, tribal, and county resource agency staff; forest products industry, conservation, and environmental organization representatives; educators; researchers; and other interested people.

Creation of this plan was coordinated by the MFRC Landscape Program which was established to support a broad perspective and a collaborative approach to sustainable forest management across the six large forested regions of the state.

“The Sustainable Forest Resources Act set up regional landscape committees to involve a variety of interests in recommending goals and strategies to promote forest sustainability in specific regions,” stated Dave Zumeta, Executive Director of the MFRC. “Unlike many planning efforts that focus on a single land ownership (e.g., state, federal, county, or private), landscape plans cover all ownerships and provide an opportunity for a wide variety of people interested in sustainable forestry to participate in the decision-making process.”

After receiving public comments, the Southeast Regional Landscape Committee will address the comments and recommend approval of the plan to the MFRC. After the plan is approved by the MFRC, the Committee will coordinate the voluntary implementation of the Plan.

To obtain a copy of the draft Southeast Landscape Plan, visit the Minnesota Forest Resources Council website (http://mn.gov/frc) and click the link on the home page. Hardcopies are available by contacting Amanda Kueper at (651) 259-5281 or amanda.kueper@state.mn.us.

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