Financial forestry help
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.
Wisconsin offers landowners two important types of financial incentives to help reduce the expenses of owning and caring for woodlands: cost sharing programs and forest tax incentives.
Cost sharing programs
State and federal cost sharing programs are available to help private forest landowners manage their land. The Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program (WFLGP) is designed to help landowners protect their forest resources, and allows qualified landowners to be reimbursed up to 50 percent of the eligible cost of eligible practices. Several federal cost sharing programs are also available to landowners.
Forest tax laws
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Wisconsin's forest tax laws encourage sustainable forest management on private lands by providing a property tax incentive to landowners. Two different forest tax law programs currently exist: the Managed Forest Law (MFL) and the Forest Crop Law (FCL).
Both programs encourage proper management of woodlands not only in their purposes and policies, but through a written management plan for a landowner's property. The management plan incorporates landowner objectives, timber management, wildlife management, water quality and the environment as a whole to create a healthy and productive forest. In exchange for following a written management plan and program rules, landowners pay forest tax law program rates in lieu of regular property taxes.
There are many rules and regulations for each program, so please use this website and other resources to gather information and make informed decisions. For more specific information or inquiries, refer to the local DNR forester for guidance.