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Ron Gropp
Private Forestry Staff Specialist
Rob Anderson
Private Forestry Specialist
Use the Forestry Assistance Locator to find Cooperating Foresters or DNR Service Foresters for your county or view the current Directory of Foresters [PDF].

Becoming a cooperating forester

To become a cooperating forester, you must meet specific academic requirements and complete and submit the following forms. Applications can be submitted year round and successful applicants will be notified directly.


  • Minimum Academic requirements [PDF]. Each cooperating forester is required to have "a bachelor’s or higher degree in forestry from a school with a curriculum accredited by the Society of American Foresters or an equivalent degree, as determined by the chief state forester” under the definition in s. NR 1.21(2)(e), Wis. Adm. Code.
  • Cooperating Forester Application [PDF]. Complete and sign the application, which provides cooperating forester education and training verification, contact information, services provided and service area.
  • Cooperating Forester Agreement [PDF]. Complete and sign the agreement, which outlines the terms and obligations of a cooperating forester.

Note: Cooperators must agree to abide by DNR approved sound forestry standards in all forest management guidance and assistance that they provide. This includes Wisconsin forest management guidelines, DNR handbooks and forestry best management practices.


To apply for the Cooperating Forester Program, complete, sign and submit the Cooperating Forester Application and the Cooperating Forester Agreement to:

Private Forestry Specialist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707

Directory of Foresters: Applications can be submitted anytime. However, only applications received by Nov. 1 can be included in the next years Directory of Foresters [PDF].

To write plans for Managed Forest Law (MFL) properties, a cooperating forester must be trained and certified as a certified plan writer.

Last revised: Wednesday June 07 2017