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.
WIND STORM CAUSES DAMAGE ACROSS SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST – Early on July 21, 2016, a powerful wind storm swept across northeast Minnesota, blowing down trees in areas of the Superior National Forest, including an area inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Many roads and trails were blocked by downed trees within and around the Forest. The interagency response to this emergency has involved Lake and St. Louis Counties, Morse/Fall Lake First Responders, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, local ambulance and helicopter services and local businesses working along side the Forest Service. While there are no emergency closures on the Superior National Forest, visitors are cautioned that conditions are still hazardous in some areas. For details and updates, click on the ALERT in the column to the right.
Forest Service seeks public input regarding mineral lease renewals
On June 6, 2016 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requested that the Forest Service provide a decision on whether it consents or does not consent to the renewal of two mineral leases. The leases, MNES-01352 and MNES-01353, are currently held by Twin Metals Minnesota and are located within the same watershed as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) on the Kawishiwi Ranger District.
The U.S. Forest Service is announcing a 30-day period (June 20, 2016 – July 20, 2016) for public input to better understand public views related to these two proposed mining lease renewals on the Superior National Forest. People will have the opportunity to provide written input via mail or email, attend one or both of two listening sessions, watch the Duluth listening session from home, and/or still provide written input after the listening sessions. News Release RE: Public Input sought for Twin Metals Lease Renewals ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
Updates regarding fire activity on the Superior National Forest (both wildland fire and prescribed fire) are available at: InciWeb, the National Incident Information System.
For current fire restrictions and fire information in other areas of Minnesota, see the Minnesota Incident Command System web page.
Prescribed Fire on the Forest
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.
Bids for Concession Operations of Superior National Forest Recreation Areas
Bids are being solicited for the operation of three campgrounds on the Tofte Ranger District. Applicants can apply to operate any or all of the recreation areas offered in the prospectus. Sealed bids will be received by the District Ranger until 4:30 PM CST on Friday, December 2, 2016. More information is available in the prospectus and its referenced appendices.
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Forest Service support North Shore Coastal Forest Restoration
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.
Forest Service and State of MN Boost Collaborative Forest Management Through Good Neighbor Authority
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).U.S. Forest Service and Department of Natural Resources to Utilize GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY to Restore Forest and Watershed Health in Minnesota
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).
The Recreation Enhancement Act Supports Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness Programs on the Forest
Collected fees come back to maintain services and conserve resources on the Forest.
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