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a forester.
forested land into a tax incentive program.
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].

Private Forest Lands Open for Public RecreationWeb mapping application

Launch map
to see which private lands are open to the public for recreational purposes.
Launch video
to watch a training video on how to use the web mapping application.

Through the Managed Forest Law (MFL) and Forest Crop Law (FCL) programs, some private forest lands are open to the public for recreational purposes. This web mapping tool can help you find which lands are now available.

What to expect

Once the web mapping tool is launched, a map of Wisconsin is displayed which displays MFL and FCL lands accessible to the public.

map example from the Wisconsin DNR Private Forest Lands Open for Public Recreation application

All map points are approximate

The points on the map are approximate locations and do not represent the actual boundaries of MFL/FCL land open to the public. The points are most often located in the center of a "forty acre" square and indicate that there is MFL or FCL land open to public recreation within that "forty acre" square (also known as a quarter-quarter section).

You must click on a purple or red point to see the actual acreage of open land that is enrolled in either MFL or FCL, the landowner and the DNR contact. You are encouraged to contact DNR county foresters or the landowner for specific location and public access information.

map details example from the Wisconsin DNR Private Forest Lands Open for Public Recreation application

Helpful tips

  • Pay attention to the "pop up" screens that appear and follow their directions
  • Click the points on the map for complete details (including contact information)
  • Some points represent multiple landowners. Click the arrows at the top or bottom (for mobile) of the land description dialogue box to cycle through these landowners
  • Go to the Public Lands website for further information about recreational opportunities on public lands

For more information about open lands listing and tax law programs

Technical requirements

  • Works on iOS and Android operating systems
  • Designed to work over a higher-speed internet connection for desktop devices (may be unusable over a dial-up connection)
  • Requires an HTML5 compliant browser (e.g. IE10 or higher, Chrome, Firefox or Safari)
  • JavaScript must be enabled in the browser
  • Browser zoom level must be set to 100 percent or less for the dialog boxes to work correctly

Map data updates

  • Weekly:
    • Landowner contact name, ownership type and landowner address
    • DNR forester's name, phone number and email address
  • Annually (in January):
    • Points representing the approximate locations of lands open for public recreation
    • Legal description of the property and parcel number (for those that exist)
    • Number of acres enrolled as "Open to recreation"
    • Municipality and county in which the land can be found
  • Intermittently (see help documentation under map data updates):
    • Other features to help with general navigation (roads, aerial photographs, etc.)
    • Approximate GIS representations of DNR managed lands, county forests and federal lands
Last revised: Wednesday September 23 2015