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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 areaArchaeological, historical and cultural resources

Effigy and linear mounds
Effigy and linear mounds.

Before the cutting notice can be filled out, determine whether any archaeological, historical and cultural resources exist on the area that will be harvested. State laws--and even some federal laws--require that the potential impacts to archaeological, historical and cultural resources be addressed when preparing a cutting notice. This information is used to determine how the timber harvest will be conducted so that these important resources can be protected while the trees are being cut.

Request the data

The person who will be filling out the cutting notice and setting up the timber harvest requests the archaeological, historical and cultural 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:

  • state that the request is for information for an MFL/FCL cutting notice; and
  • provide a full legal description of the property (town, range, section) and acres.

DNR forester provides search results

The DNR forester then searches a website shared between the DNR and the Wisconsin Historical Society to determine if any archaeological, historical and cultural resources exist on or near the area that will be harvested.  If there is a recorded resource, the DNR forester must request more information from a DNR archaeologist, who will review the request and provide additional information to the DNR forester on the type of resource identified and recommendations for how to avoid impacting those resources during the timber harvest.  The DNR forester will share that information with the person who requested the information so that the cutting notice can be properly filled out.

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Last revised: Thursday July 27 2017