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a series of videos to help understand and complete the Cutting Notice and Report.
Contact information
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 harvesting step #2: Assessing the harvest areaThreatened and endangered species (NHI)

American Marten
American Marten.

Before the cutting notice can be filled out, determine whether any endangered or threatened species exist on or near the area that will be harvested. This information is used to determine how the timber harvest will be conducted so that endangered and threatened species can be protected while the trees are being cut. State law requires that the potential impacts to endangered or threatened species are addressed when preparing a cutting notice.

Request the NHI data

The person completing the cutting notice and setting up the timber harvest requests Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) data from the DNR forester before the cutting notice is submitted to the DNR and before any on-the-ground work occurs. This can be done by email or letter and must contain the following information:

  • the location of the property, by public land survey township, range, section and quarter-quarter section;
  • the number of acres;
  • a map with the property boundary shown for irregularly shaped properties;
  • the name of the landowner and a statement that they have permission from the landowner to make the request;
  • the requestor’s contact information; and
  • the date of the request.

Review an example of a NHI request.

DNR forester provides NHI search results

The DNR forester then searches the NHI database to determine if any endangered or threatened species exist on or near the area that will be harvested. If endangered or threatened species do exist, the DNR forester will provide that information along with what measures need to be taken during the timber harvest to protect those species. The DNR forester will share that information with the person who requested the information so that the cutting notice can be properly filled out.

NHI data are considered sensitive, so they are protected by law and are not subject to open record requests. DNR foresters may share a report with the landowner only about NHI data for their property but distribution of the data beyond that is strictly prohibited.

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Last revised: Thursday July 27 2017