County has over 360,000 acres of forestland, much of it in public control, but
including substantial private woodlands as well. Proper forest management
helps contribute to the long-term sustainability of forested lands by taking
into account the resource needs, public priorities, site capabilities, current
regulations, and economics. The forests of Becker County provide a source
of income to area loggers and mill operators, as well as providing the raw
materials needed for growing communities. These lands also provide a range
of public recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat, and tourism resources
(source: Becker County Comprehensive Plan).
Landscape objectives are long-term, broad-based, multi-ownership objectives
designed to provide continued forest sustainability and diversity across a large
regional area. The landscape objectives identified by Becker County are
based on a report developed by the "North Central Regional Landscape Committee
entitled Recommended Desired Outcomes, Goals and Strategies; A Report to
the Minnesota Forest Resources Council (March 25, 2003). This
report outlines the desired future forest condition and recommended goals and
strategies to achieve these conditions. Becker County's
landscape objectives are specific to Becker County's landbase and to its
forest types, but are designed to assist the regional landscape to achieve its
overall desired future conditions.
Sustainable Harvest Calculations
Sustainable harvest calculations are determined by considering long-term
management and landscape objectives (i.e. age class imbalance, species
conversion, species retention, extended rotation or old growth forests, etc.).
The harvest level acres determined by the
Sustainable Harvest Calculations include full-harvest, partial harvest, and
pre-commercial and commercial thinning.
Annual Harvest Plan
The Annual Harvest Plan includes stand by stand information regarding planned
harvest activities for a particular year. Identified forest stands are
evaluated for potential harvest and follow-up forest management activities (i.e.
artificial regeneration, forest conversion, re-inventory, etc.). Changes
to the annual harvest plan may occur without prior notice due to accessibility
issues, disease and/or insect damage, wildfire, or errors in the forest
2013 Stand Exam List
2012 Stand Exam List