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County Forest Administration Grant

Any county employing a professional forester in the capacity of County Forest Administrator or Assistant County Forest Administrator can receive up to 50 percent of its employee’s annual salary and fringe benefit costs. In addition, funding is available for up to 50 percent of the dues to a non-profit organization that provides counsel to the County Forest Administrator and that serves as an organizational liaison for DNR.

Who can apply

Counties having lands enrolled under the County Forest Law, s.28.10 & 28.11, Wis. Stats.


The person in the position qualifying for the grant must have a four year degree in Forestry from an accredited university. Fringe benefit funding is limited to 40 percent of salary. Funding for dues to an organizational non-profit representing the county forests is limited to $50,000 collectively for all counties combined.


Application materials must be submitted by January 31 of each year.

How to apply

Application materials needed

  • Annual County Forest work plan approved by county board and DNR
  • Projected salary and benefits for qualifying position for upcoming year
  • Invoice showing a county's dues payment to a qualifying non-profit organization

These materials must be submitted by January 31 to:
DNR County Forester - FR/4
101 S Webster St
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707


Contact information
For more information, contact:
Joe Schwantes
County Forest Specialist
Last revised: Wednesday August 07 2013