State Forest Acquisition, Richard J. Dorer Memorial Forest - Phase V
$1,255,000 the second year is to the commissioner
of natural resources to acquire in fee and enhance
lands for wildlife habitat in the Richard J. Dorer
Memorial Hardwood State Forest under Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 7. A list of
proposed land acquisitions must be provided as
part of the required accomplishment plan.
Forestlands and savannas are protected from parceliazation and fragmentation and accessible for resource management purposes - Forest and savanna habitat are protected from parcelization and fragmentation and accessible for resource management purposes. Protection from parcelization and fragmentation is measured by the miles of state/private boundary reduced by the acquisition. The goal of this project is a reduction by 7.0 miles. Protected corridors are measured by acres of existing state land made accessible..
This project will protect and restore critical habitat in the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest. Protection will focus on key in-holdings within larger blocks of state forest land providing uninterrupted habitat corridors of public land between larger blocks of state forest land. This will also restore critical fish and wildlife habitat through targeted forest management to enhance early successional habitat, riparian areas, terrestrial invasive species control, oak savanna and mixed deciduous forests. The project will also provide additional opportunities for hunting in an area of the state where public hunting opportunities are limited.
This proposal will directly protect and provide public hunting opportunities to approximately 300 additional acres of critical forestland habitat and provide connective corridors to State Forest (SF) through fee acquisition. The strategy is to acquire parcels that will reduce owner fragmentation across the landscape. Parcels have been identified in area land asset management plans and fall into three classifications; those providing protection of a critical forest habitat, those consolidating fragmented forest habitat, and those providing permanent connectivity to state land for habitat management. This proposal continues the work of acquiring key land parcels from willing sellers.The forested parcels provide critical habitat for deer, turkey, many migratory birds and flora and fauna of special concern. These acquisitions will protect the declining forest base from fragmentation due to development and will also provide opportunities to further restore habitat for as well as provide additional public hunting opportunities with the region.Steps will be taken to enhance 130 acres early successional habitat, riparian areas, terrestrial invasive species control, oak savanna and mixed deciduous forests.This project includes all of the following activities: initial site reviews, negotiations with sellers, appraisals, environmental reviews and acquisition of fee title. All land will be open for public hunting and fishingEnhancement work and invasive control activities will be coordinated through the MNDNR silviculture and invasive species programs.