The Superior National Forest is located in the northeastern corner of Minnesota.
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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, and skiing.  

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FIRE Management on the Forest        Wildland firefighter

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RX FIRE -Forest Managers use prescribed fire to reduce dangerous fuels and reduce risk of difficult to control, large wildfires.  Learn about prescribed fire on the Superior...                                                   




New Minimum Bid = $30,000.    

New Bid Opening Date: August 12, 2015

FINAL OPEN HOUSE:  Friday, July 31, 2015 from 10am to 1pm

2.74-acre property located at 525 South Central Avenue in Ely, Minnesota. Contains one residential building, and eleven warehouse / storage / garage buildings. Additional information on GSA website.

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SCHOOL TRUST LAND EXCHANGE  The Forest Service and State of Minnesota are cooperating to transfer ownership of 83,000 acres of State school trust lands inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to the federal government.   DETAILS 

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In their own words, Youth share why the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and all Wilderness is Totally Worth It... to visit and enjoy anytime of the year.

GEOTOURISM MAP GUIDE - National Geographic, Superior National Forest, and Partners Announce New Geotourism MapGuide and WebsiteTravelers seeking unspoiled places and culturally authentic experiences now have a valuable new resource in a comprehensive, web-based Geotourism MapGuide for the Heart of the Continent region. Superior National Forest and other members of the Heart of the Continent Partnership worked with the National Geographic Society to develop the online interactive map and mobile app.  The intent is to promote a region-wide vision which highlights the outstanding landscape and enduring people of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario, Canada. The Heart of the Continent includes more than 5 million acres of public land that cross the international border. Learn more about the Partnership and the new MapGuide.

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Under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools Act, funds are authorized for projects that protect, restore, and enhance fish and wildlife habitat; improve the maintenance of existing Forest Service infrastructure; protect and enhance ecosystems on the national forests; and restore and improve land health and water quality. 


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Superior National Forest managers are conducting a study of National Forest System (NFS) roads across the Forest. This roads study, referred to as “Subpart A,” is part of the implementation of the national 2005 Travel Management Rule, 36 CFR 212.   To learn more, visit the Planning page

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This archived image is from a webcam which is part of our air quality monitoring system.  Click for more information.

WTIP Radio Hosts "Tofte and Gunflint Ranger District Update"

Recreation and road updates for the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger Districts

Superior National Forest together with WTIP 90.7 FM Grand Marais community radio is broadcasting weekly updates for visitors planning a trip into the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger Districts.