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Mark Heyde
Forest certification specialist
Doug Brown
County and public forest specialist
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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 [exit DNR] (SFI®) and Forest Stewardship Council™ [exit DNR] (FSC®) 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.

FSC Logo
WI County Forest Certificate [PDF]
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]
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
certified acres
FSC- and SFI-certified acres
(dual certification)
Ashland     40,083
Barron     16,025
Bayfield     169,444
Burnett 106,555    
Chippewa   33,653  
Clark   132,852  
Douglas     273,003
Eau Claire     52,350
Florence     36,710
Forest     11,107
Iron     174,267
Jackson     121,067
Juneau     15,380
Langlade 127,138    
Lincoln     100,845
Marathon 29,767    
Marinette 230,714    
Oconto     43,581
Oneida     82,256
Polk 17,144    
Price     92,197
Rusk 89,043    
Sawyer     115,201
Taylor     17,639
Vilas 41,048    
Washburn     149,024
Wood     37,533
TOTALS 641,409 166,505 1,547,712
Last revised: Thursday January 12 2017