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a series of videos to help understand and complete the Cutting Notice and Report.
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Use the Forestry Assistance Locator to find Cooperating Foresters or DNR Service Foresters for your county
View the current Directory of Foresters [PDF].

MFL and FCL harvestingStep #1: Getting started

image representing step #1 of the cutting notice processThe first step of the harvesting process typically begins with a Managed Forest Law (MFL) or Forest Crop Law (FCL) landowner being reminded that they need to harvest timber through a letter from the Wisconsin DNR. The letter is sent in January or February the year before a landowner’s scheduled timber harvest. A landowner does not have to wait until they receive that letter; they can contact the local DNR forester if any conditions change in their forest or if they want to get a jump start on the harvest. From there, the landowner is encouraged to find a forestry professional to assist them with the timber harvest, including verifying that the forest is ready to be harvested.

Approximate time to complete step #1: Three to nine months.

Finding assistance

The landowner should get in touch with the local DNR forester who can provide the landowner more information about the timber harvesting practice and how to get assistance with completing the harvest. Learn more!

Verifying forest conditions

The forester who developed the landowner’s management plan estimated when timber harvesting would need to occur based on the forest conditions at the time the plan was written. However, forest conditions can and do change over time. Learn more!

Additional resources

Last revised: Monday July 30 2018