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Mark Heyde
Forest certification specialist
608-267-0565
Doug Brown
County and public forest specialist
715-453-2188 x1263

County forest certification

Collectively, county forests in Wisconsin represent the largest public landholding in the state. A cooperative management framework between DNR and the counties provides the opportunity for the county forest group certification program. DNR holds the certificate for 27 participating counties with 2.4 million acres.

Individual counties are free to choose either or both Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) [exit DNR] and Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) [exit DNR] standards. These are the two most widely accepted forest certification systems in North America. NSF-International Strategic Registrations and Scientific Certification Systems provided the evaluation and certification.


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WI County Forest Certificate [PDF]
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FSC certification means that the forest is managed according to strict environmental, social and economic standards.

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WI County Forest Certificate [PDF]
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Wisconsin DNR is a participant in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program [exit DNR].

At a certification ceremony on March 18, 2005, Gov. Jim Doyle acknowledged that the county forest program is "a unique partnership that stretches back 76 years and it's a great example how local governments and state agencies can work together in addressing statewide needs." Wisconsin County Forest Association Director Colette Matthews added, "Our County Forest people have felt for a long time that they have been doing things right. They are extremely proud of the management being done on these forest lands. Having their work verified by the certification systems confirms their beliefs and gives all those who work on the County Forests a reason to feel very proud of their accomplishments."

The county forest system provides more than 6,000 miles of snowmobile, ATV, skiing/hiking trails and forest roads along with a wealth of hunting and fishing opportunities. Forest products from these forests also generate in excess of $21 million dollars annually in timber sale revenue for the counties and townships encompassing these lands plus an additional $17.2 million in economic impact.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council audit reports identifying strengths and areas of improvement for the Certified Wisconsin County Forest are available for review.

County forest assessment reports

Forest Stewardship Council

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Twenty-seven of Wisconsin's 29 county forests are currently certificated under the standards of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the Forest Stewardship Council or both. Independent, third-party certification means management of the county forests meets strict standards for ecological, social and economic sustainability.

The table below displays the location and acreage of all certified county forest lands in the state.

County SFI-only
certified acres
FSC-only
certified acres
FSC- and SFI-certified acres
(dual certification)
Ashland     40,305
Barron     16,265
Bayfield     171,993
Burnett 111,100    
Chippewa   34,431  
Clark   134,654  
Douglas     280,015
Eau Claire     52,350
Florence     52,811
Forest     14,096
Iron     174,761
Jackson     122,051
Juneau     17,799
Langlade 130,002    
Lincoln     100,843
Marathon 29,937    
Marinette 229,939    
Oconto     43,706
Oneida     82,399
Polk 17,166    
Price     92,222
Rusk 89,324    
Sawyer     115,197
Taylor     17,688
Vilas     41,140
Washburn     149,951
Wood     37,762
TOTALS 607,468 169,085 1,623,354
Last revised: Wednesday May 10 2017