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Forest Crop Law

Governor Walker has recently signed 2015 Wisconsin Act 358 into law. This new law makes numerous changes to the Managed Forest Law (MFL) and some changes to the Forest Crop Law (FCL). Until this page can be updated, some of the information is incorrect. Please contact your local DNR Forester for more information on the changes to MFL and FCL and how it may affect you.

The Forest Crop Law (FCL) is a landowner incentive program that encourages long-term, sustainable management of private woodlands. In exchange for following an FCL management schedule outlining forest practices, the landowner pays reduced property taxes.

The FCL program was enacted in 1927 and enrollment was closed on January 1, 1986.

Frequently asked questions

How do I know if land is enrolled in FCL?

A title search or tax bill can indicate enrollment in FCL.

Where do I find a copy of my FCL management schedule?

Contact the local DNR forester.

Where do I find my FCL order number?

The order number can be obtained from the most recent FCL documentation (e.g. order of designation, transfer order) or the local DNR forester.

How do I find out when my FCL order will expire?

At the time of enrollment, the land was entered for a 25-year or 50-year period. Contact the local DNR forester for more information.

What happens when my FCL order expires?

You have two options:

Is a document issued when my FCL order expires?

No, the enrollment in the program simply expires at the end of the order period.

What are the tax rates for FCL land?

The rates are listed here.

Can I convert my land to the MFL program before the FCL order expires?

Yes. However, all of your FCL land in the municipalities indicated on the MFL application must be converted to MFL. See Wisconsin's Managed Forest Law [PDF] publication for information regarding conversions.

Last revised: Wednesday May 25 2016