Integrated Vegetation Management

Through integrated vegetation management, wildlife, fire, silviculture, and timber specialists work together to ensure that the Forest is conserved, restored, and made more resilient to climate change while enhancing water resources. Integrated vegetation management involves Forest-wide long and short-term objectives, including:

  • a greater mix of tree species, an increase in conifer and greater representation of older and multi-aged trees across the landscape

  • habitat to maintain viability of species on the Federal endangered species list

  • emphasis on managing for the entire spectrum of wildlife habitats, while still providing quality hunting experiences

Timber harvests and fire are primary treatment tools used to accomplish these objectives. By increasing acreage and size of vegetative treatments we are better able to mimic natural disturbances. Through the application of silvicultural practices we can control the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forests. Learn more about  timber managementsilviculturefire management, and wildlife habitat management on the Superior National Forest.

The national forests do not exist within a vacuum but are part of a larger picture. Forest ecosystems and wildlife habitats cross political boundaries. As part of our integrated vegetation management, the Forest Service is committed to implementing and facilitating restoration of forested landscapes through an "all lands" approach that involves working with a broad range of partners, including federal, state, tribal, and private land owners as well as members of the public.

In support of the all lands approach, the Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, both agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are jointly investing funds and technical expertise to support ongoing efforts to restore and protect forest health, maintain clean water, and improve wildlife habitat in the North Shore Coastal Forest in northeast Minnesota.  The Lake Superior North Shore Coastal Forest Restoration Project was selected under the USDA Joint Chief’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program