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Working Together

Working Together Through Partnerships


Managing a national forest like the Superior National Forest requires the efforts of not only dedicated employees, but a great many partners and volunteers who contribute greatly to the successful management of forest resources.

Our partners help maintain recreation sites and trails, reduce hazardous fuels, restore watersheds, monitor wildlife populations, improve wildlife and fisheries habitat, inventory and monitor archeological and historic sites, provide input to proposed management activities, conduct conservation education programs, and respond to emergency incidents.

Our partners include a number of federal agencies, tribes, the State of Minnesota, conservation organizations, universities, public entities and private citizens. Their assistance is provided through a number of avenues including various grants, partnerships, and volunteer efforts.

The Superior National Forest is a patchwork of ownership with private lands and other landowners interspersed with forest service lands.



Under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools Act, at least 50 percent of funds must be used for projects that are primarily dedicated to road maintenance, decommissioning, or obliteration; or restoration of streams and watersheds. The Superior National Forest works with a Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) to identify and review projects that will benefit resources on National Forest System lands in Cook, Lake and St. Louis Counties.  See the  Superior National Forest RAC Website for details.
Click on the title above for more information about the Secure Rural Schools Act.




Urban Connections

Urban Connections is an effort by the Forest Service Eastern Region to engage and build relationships with our urban neighbors. Our aim is to bridge the gaps between rural communities and city dwellers, and involve underrepresented urban audiences in Forest Service activities. Urban Connections also aims to build on existing urban outreach efforts of Eastern national forests and connect to other urban involvement, education, research and development work in the East, South and throughout the Forest Service and U.S.  For more information visit the Urban Connections Program web site.

USDA Agencies Support North Shore Coastal Forest Restoration

USDA Joint Chiefs Program supports North Shore 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.