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Watch
a series of videos to help understand and complete the Cutting Notice and Report.
Contact information
Use the Forestry Assistance Locator to find Cooperating Foresters or DNR Service Foresters for your county
View the current Directory of Foresters [PDF].

MFL and FCL harvesting step #8: Submitting the cutting reportWhen must the cutting report be submitted

trees of a Wisconsin forest
Trees of a Wisconsin forest.

Within 30 days after cutting is complete, a cutting report must be submitted to the DNR forester for approval.

Managed Forest Law landowners

Managed Forest Law (MFL) landowners must submit the cutting report within 30 days of sale completion. Landowners must submit the cutting report one year after receiving a DNR approved cutting notice even if the sale is not complete. This is known as a "partial cutting report." If a partial cutting report is filed, the landowner must submit a new cutting notice for the trees that still need to be harvested in order to complete the timber harvest.

Forest Crop Law landowners

Forest Crop Law (FCL) landowners must submit the cutting report within 30 days of harvest completion or within one year of receiving a DNR approved cutting notice, whichever comes first. If cutting is not completed within that timeframe, the landowner must submit a new cutting notice for the trees that still need to be harvested in order to complete the timber harvest.

Additional resources

Videos not updated: 2015 Wisconsin Act 358 was signed into law in April 2016. This new law makes numerous changes to the Managed Forest Law (MFL) and some changes to the Forest Crop Law (FCL). Much of the website has been updated to reflect these changes; however, videos have not yet been updated. Much of the information contained in the videos is relevant and important but some details related to review and approval of cutting notices and severance/yield taxes are no longer accurate. Please note this when viewing the videos. If you have questions, please contact your local DNR tax law forestry specialist. You can find their contact information using the Forestry Assistance Locator.

Last revised: Thursday July 27 2017