Established in 1909, the Superior is known for its boreal forest ecosystem, numerous clean lakes, and a colorful cultural history. The one million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lies within the boundaries of the Forest. Management by the USDA-Forest Service, under principles of ecosystem management and multiple use, the Forest provides for a diverse community of plants and animals as well as products for human needs. The concept of "all lands" management maintains strong partnerships and collaboration across the landscape. Popular recreational activities include fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing, swimming, hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and ice fishing. Links to more recreational activities can be found on the left sidebar under Recreation.
Superior National Forest managers use prescribed fire to reduce dangerous fuel loads to decrease the risk of a quick-spreading large wildfire. Prescribed fire is also a useful tool for preparing a site for regeneration, restoring certain forest types, and maintaining wildlife openings or other habitat enhancement. Learn more about Fire and Fuels management.
FOR UPDATES REGARDING FIRE ACTIVITY, GO TO www.InciWeb.org
For current fire restrictions in MN, see http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html
Through the Joint Chiefs’ Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Partnership in northeast Minnesota (MN), the USDA Forest Service (FS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are investing funds and technical expertise to support ongoing efforts to restore and protect forest health, maintain clean water, and improve wildlife habitat in the MN North Shore Coastal Forest.
MONITORING PLAN TRANSITION
The new Land and Resources Management Planning regulations (36 CFR 219) published in 2012 changed Forest Plan monitoring program requirements. All units that will not initiate a revision to their Forest Plan prior to May 9, 2016, must update their monitoring programs to meet the requirements of the 2012 Planning Rule (referred to as monitoring program transition). What this means for Superior National Forest.
U.S. Forest Service and Department of Natural Resources to Utilize GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY to Restore Forest and Watershed Health in Minnesota
February 2, 2016 - Duluth, MN. In a move that will boost collaborative management of Minnesota’s forest lands, the U.S. Forest Service has signed a Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) master agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The Recreation Enhancement Act Supports Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness Programs on the Forest
Collected fees come back to maintain services.
VISITOR USE SURVEY ON
SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST
Beginning October 1, and continuing through the coming year, you may see Forest Service employees wearing uniforms and bright orange vests in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest Service Roads within the Superior National Forest. They will be near a sign that says "Traffic Survey Ahead". These folks are well-trained interviewers who want to know about your visit to the Superior National Forest. The information they are collecting helps the Forest Service understand and manage effectively for visitor use on the Forest. Please stop to answer the brief survey. This activity is part of an on-going national survey called National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM).
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