Your Property Online: Where to find soils, water, and land management information

This page builds on our Maps and Airphotos page with good sources of information to help you plan the care and management of your Minnesota woodland property.  This content was developed as part of the 2011 Options for Your Woodland field day and webinar series.

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Web Soil Survey

Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world.

Quick reference: About Web Soil Survey PDF handout
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Public Waters Inventory Maps

Public waters inventory maps, available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, include all type 3, type 4, and type 5 wetlands (as defined in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Circular No. 39, 1971 edition) that are 10 acres or more in size in unincorporated areas or 2.5 acres or more in size in incorporated areas.  These maps are important planning tools for landowners, foresters, logging contractors, or others considering land management activities in Minnesota.

The site includes access to both scanned paper maps and digital GIS-based maps.

Quick reference: About Public Waters Inventory Maps PDF handout
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Forest Management Guidelines

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council has developed Voluntary Site-Level Forest Management Guidelines.  The development of comprehensive forest management guidelines is a core mandate of the Sustainable Forest Resources Act. Shortly after its inception in 1995, the MFRC implemented a process that focused diverse stakeholder groups to create science and consensus-based voluntary site-level forest management guidelines.

The MFRC website includes the complete voluntary forest management as well as forest biomass and brushland harvesting guidelines.  You may also be interested in a free online training about Minnesota’s Forest Management Guidelines.

Quick reference: About Forest Management Guidelines PDF handout


Charlie's work addresses timber harvesting operational strategies and equipment options. He's based in St Paul.

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