Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Emergency funds available to replace 2012 drought-killed tree seedlings

Weekly News Article Published: September 17, 2013 by the Central Office

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated to reflect that grants will be available until May 1, 2014.

MADISON -- Landowners who have experienced a significant loss this year in trees planted in 2008 through 2012 may be eligible to receive a grant for replanting the trees lost under the Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program. Emergency Funds have been designated again this year for tree planting failures of greater than 25 percent due to the 2012 drought in 49 counties.

A Department of Natural Resources forester must verify that the loss is directly related to the 2012 drought, said Carol Nielsen, DNR private forestry specialist. Grants awarded will cover up to 60 percent of the costs for preparing the site and replanting trees where the DNR Forester has determined there is a need.

"The emergency grants are awarded as the applications are received instead of waiting until the next regular award date," Nielsen said. "Emergency grants will be available until May 1, 2014 or until all of the designated funds have been awarded whichever comes first."

All other Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program eligibility rules still apply, including:

  • owns at least 10 acres but not more than 500 acres of forest land in Wisconsin;
  • must have a written and approved Forest Stewardship Plan that includes the tree planting practice; and
  • does not exceed the $10,000 maximum in grants per year.

This map [PDF] shows the counties approved for emergency funding, and a Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program factsheet [PDF] is available on the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Nielsen, Private Forestry Specialist, 608-267-7508