Superior seeks input on forest plan

A new master plan for the Superior Municipal Forest was created to protect the health of the 4,428 acres of woodland and wetlands adjacent to the St. Louis River.
A skier makes his way down the cross country ski trails through the Superior Municipal Forest along 42nd Street Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.
Jed Carlson / 2021 File / Superior Telegram

SUPERIOR — The city has the distinction of having the third largest municipal forest in the nation.

Only Jefferson Memorial Forest in Louisville, Kentucky, and Forest Park in Portland, Oregon outpace the Superior Municipal Forest in total acreage.

And stewardship of the 4,428 acres of woodlands and wetlands in the southwest corner of Superior has long been a priority, one that even prompted city residents to vote to adopt special protections for the forest in the city’s charter ordinance.

To submit a calendar event, email or call 715-395-5000. The deadline is noon Wednesday for the Friday issue. Events are guaranteed to publish once.
The 30% increase in tow fees and vehicle storage costs will move forward to the June 6 Superior City Council meeting for approval.
Thefts caused officials to stop using on-site cash fee boxes. Boat launch passes can be purchased at local stores. The city is also building an online payment option.

Now, officials have a new master plan and are seeking public input to maintain the health of the forest.

The draft Superior Municipal Forest Master Plan is available at for the public to review.


The city’s Urban Forestry Tree Board invites all residents to review and provide feedback on the proposed plan for managing the city’s forest. Feedback can be sent to

Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or
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