Resource Management

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. (MORE)


Minerals Exploration and Development

Orderly exploration, development, and production of mineral and energy resources on national forest lands to help meet the present and future needs of the Nation is consistent with the Forest Service mission.  Direction in the Superior National Forest Plan: “Ensure that exploration, development, and producing mineral resources are conducted in an environmentally sound manner so that they may contribute to economic growth and national defense." (MORE)


Terrestrial Wildlife Program

The mission of the Terrestrial Wildlife Program is to conserve and restore diverse, healthy and sustainable terrestrial habitats for the variety of resident and migratory species that use the Forest through ecosystem management.  (MORE)


Fisheries and Aquatics

The mission of the Superior National Forest Fisheries and Aquatics Program is to enhance and restore watershed, riparian, and aquatic resources to support dependent species and habitats as well as provide for public enjoyment of these resources on National Forest System lands.  (MORE)


Non-native Invasive Species

Non-native invasive species (NNIS) are plants, animals, insects or other organisms whose introduction to an area does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.   Other names for NNIS include exotic species, noxious weeds, pests, etc.    A few examples of NNIS that occur in Minnesota include purple loosestrife, gypsy moth, Eurasian waterfmilfoil, earthworms, rusty crayfish, and common buckthorn.   (MORE)


Air Resource Management

The Forest Service monitors the effects of pollution that may impair visibility, harm human health, injure trees and other plants, acidify or cause unnatural fertilization of streams and lakes, leach nutrients from soils, and degrade cultural resources, like archeological sites and historical buildings.  (MORE)


Heritage Resources

Heritage resources include buried archaeological sites dating back over 10,000 years.  The Superior National Forest Heritage Resource staff is charged with locating, protecting, evaluating, monitoring, and interpreting heritage resources on approximately 2½ million acres of Forest-managed lands within the boundaries of the Forest.  More than 3000 heritage sites have been located and recorded.  These sites are almost evenly divided between historic and prehistoric archaeological sites.   In recent years heritage has led in or participated in the rehabilitation of a number of the Forests' eligible historic structures. (MORE)


Fire Program

The Superior has a large and diverse fire program.  With a variety of fuel types and well-established historical fire patterns, the Superior National Forest has proven to be a challenging environment to manage. ( MORE)


Lands and Realty Management

The Lands and Reality Management program enables the agency to better manage Federal lands within or adjacent to National Forest System (NFS) boundaries and deliver the necessary products and services that are essential for enhancing natural resource stewardship and providing for the public's enjoyment, future use, and access to NFS lands.  These objectives are accomplished through four major activities:

  1. Landownership Adjustment
  2. Special Use Authorizations and Admnistration
  3. Boundary and Title Management
  4. Valuation     (MORE)



The National Interagency Fire Center
Located in Boise, Idaho, NIFC is the nationwide clearinghouse for information on current wildland fire status and national situation reports.