Landscape-level planning and coordination is a model for forest resources management that looks at the forest across large areas, landscapes, bridging land ownership and forest types. Central to this program is the establishment of regional committees to solicit the input of diverse forest resource interests within a particular landscape.
Sustainable forest management must be able to support forest-based economic opportunities, yet also maintain forest habitats for ecological functions and societal values. Our contribution to supporting this duality is the Site-Level Timber Harvesting and Forest Management Guidelines which recommend ways to harvest trees with limited impacts to forest functions and values.
Citizens, landowners, and forest managers can register concerns and communicate their observations about questionable forest management practices causing threats to water quality and soils in their local community.
One of the primary roles of the MFRC is to identify and address key policy issues related to the sustainable management of Minnesota's forests. Our most comprehensive policy efforts took place in 2011 when we identified the following three priority policy areas and developed 3-year strategic plans:
The Research Advisory Committee conducted an assessment of the current status of forest resources research in the state and an identification of important forest research needs, which are published in the report, Minnesota's Forest Resources Research: Assessment and Needs. Additional forestry research efforts by the council have focused on these and other topics: