Financial forestry help
Wisconsin offers landowners two important types of financial incentives to help reduce the expenses of owning and caring for woodlands: Forest tax incentives and cost-sharing programs.
State forest tax laws
The purpose of Wisconsin's forest tax laws is to encourage sustainable forestry on private lands by providing property tax incentives to landowners. This is accomplished with a binding agreement between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and private landowners.
Cost sharing programs
Wisconsin Landowner Grant Program
The Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program (WFLGP) was created to encourage private forest landowners to manage their lands in a manner that benefits the forest resources and the people of the state. WFLGP assists private landowners to protect and enhance their forested lands, prairies and waters. The program allows qualified landowners to be reimbursed up to 50 percent of the eligible cost of eligible practices.
Private landowners in Wisconsin are eligible for WFLGP funding if they own at least ten contiguous acres of non-industrial private forest but not more than 500 acres within Wisconsin. Applicants must have a forest stewardship plan in place on their land or be applying to have one prepared through the WFLGP program. Landowners granted WFLGP funding can only be cost-shared for non-commercial practices. Successful applicants will receive an award letter from the WFLGP coordinator indicating that eligible grant work may begin. Costs incurred prior to receiving an award letter are not eligible for reimbursement.
Contact your local DNR forester for details.
Other cost sharing programs
Foresters also help landowners with the following federal cost sharing programs.
- Conservation Reserve Program
- Environmental Quality Incentives Program
- Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program