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a series of videos to help understand and complete the Cutting Notice and Report.
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MFL and FCL harvesting step #1: Getting startedVerifying forest conditions

A forester measuring a tree
A forester measuring a tree.

After the landowner is reminded by the Wisconsin DNR of their timber harvesting practice and has found a forester and/or logger to assist them with the practice, the next step in the harvesting process is to verify that the forest is ready for harvest.

The forester who developed the plan estimated when timber harvesting would need to occur based on the forest conditions at that time. However, forest conditions can and do change over time, so when it comes time to complete the scheduled harvest, the forest conditions will need to be verified to determine if the forest is ready for harvesting. Current science and sound forestry must be applied to the current forest conditions in a way that also meets the landowner's management goals for their forest. Verifying forest conditions typically involves the forester or logger walking the property and landowners are encouraged to do this with the forester or logger they are working with.

If the walk-through confirms that the forest is ready for the scheduled harvest, the next step is to do a more detailed assessment of the harvest area. If the outcome of the walk-through is that the forest is not ready for the scheduled harvest, the forester, logger and/or landowner must follow up with the local DNR forester.

Changes to the landowner's management plan must be reviewed and approved by the DNR forester. Keep in mind! Landowners can work with the local DNR forester if their management goals for their property have changed. The DNR forester will review their goals and determine how to amend the management plan in a way that is still consistent with the purpose of the Managed Forest Law or Forest Crop Law programs.

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Last revised: Thursday July 27 2017