Superior National Forest - Organization Overview



Forest leadership consists of the Forest Supervisor, Deputy Forest Supervisor, Executive Assistant, five District Rangers and four team leaders (Administration, Natural Resources, Public Service, Fire & Aviation Management). 



The Headquarters office for the Superior National Forest are located in Duluth, Minnesota.  Headquarters staff include the Forest Supervisor who has overall responsibility for management on the Forest with assistance from the Deputy Forest Supervisor.  


Law Enforcement

The Lead Forest Law Enforcement Officer at Headquarters oversees a staff of Law Enforcement Officers located at Ranger District offices across the Forest.


Natural Resource Team

Includes wildlife and fisheries management, aquatics, air quality, soils, planning, monitoring, environmental analysis (NEPA), geographic information systems (GIS), timber management, silviculture, and special forest products.  Each of the program managers provide support and coordinate with specialists on the five Ranger Districts.


Public Service Team

Includes recreation, wilderness, heritage, lands, surveying, public affairs, and interpretation.  Each of the program managers provide support and coordinate with specialists on the five Ranger Districts.


Administrative Services Team

Specialists on the Team provide support for purchasing, contract administration, financial accounting, records, human resource liaison, engineering, and civil rights at Forest Headquarters and on the five Ranger Districts.



Geographically, the area within the Superior National Forest is divided into five administrative units called Ranger Districts to provide local overview and management.  These include the Kawishiwi Ranger District in Ely, the Laurentian Ranger District in Aurora, the LaCroix Ranger District in Cook, the Gunflint Ranger District in Grand Marais, and the Tofte Ranger District in Tofte.  Each unit is managed by a District Ranger and an interdisciplinary staff who implement projects at the local level.



The Forest Fire Management Officer at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids coordinates fire management activities with partner agencies and other members of the interagency Minnesota Incident Command System to address wildfires and other incidents in the State.