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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 harvestingStep #5: Filling out the cutting notice

image representing step #5 of the cutting notice processThe fifth step of the harvesting process is filling out the cutting notice (form 2450-032 [PDF]). It is critical that step #2: Assessing the harvest area has occurred BEFORE filling out the cutting notice.

Approximate time to complete step #5: One day.

The cutting notice must be submitted to the DNR forester at least 30 days prior to the timber harvest. It must be filled out accurately, with detail and a map must be attached.

Browse the following resources to see the forms and supporting documents used:

Please review the instructions below, including informational videos, to learn how to complete each section of the cutting notice.

Videos not updated: 2015 Wisconsin Act 358 was signed into law in April 2016. This new law makes numerous changes to the Managed Forest Law (MFL) and some changes to the Forest Crop Law (FCL). Much of the website has been updated to reflect these changes; however, videos have not yet been updated. Much of the information contained in the videos is relevant and important but some details related to review and approval of cutting notices and severance/yield taxes are no longer accurate. Please note this when viewing the videos. If you have questions, please contact your local DNR tax law forestry specialist. You can find their contact information using the Forestry Assistance Locator.

Cutting notice section Video Length Narrative [PDF]
Cutting prescription
The proposed cutting should be described in detail, including the current timber type, silvicultural system (even-aged, uneven-aged, etc.), target stand condition, forest pest concerns and the marking paint colors used and what they represent.
Cutting Prescription Guidelines (part 1) Watch 5:05 Read
Cutting Prescription Guidelines (part 2) Watch 12:08 Read
BMPs for water quality prescription
Describe how water quality concerns will be mitigated.
Water Quality BMPs (part 1) Watch 4:28 Read
Water Quality BMPs (part 2) Watch 7:38 Read
BMPs for invasive species prescription
Describe how invasive species concerns will be mitigated.
Invasive BMPs (part 1) Watch 5:50 Read
Invasive BMPs (part 2) Watch 10:05 Read
NHI prescription
Describe how impacts to Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) concerns will be mitigated.
NHI Prescription (part 1) Watch 7:54 Read
NHI Prescription (part 2) Watch 5:28 Read
Archaeological, historical, cultural prescription
Describe how archaeological, historical and cultural resources will be protected.
Archaeological, Historical, Cultural Prescription (part 1) Watch 9:09 Read
Archaeological, Historical, Cultural Prescription (part 2) Watch 3:40 Read
The Cutting Notice and Report form asks for the signature of the landowner. However, there are times when other people have the legal authority to sign forms for the landowner. Learn more! Watch 3:26  
Reporting estimated timber volumes
Part of filling out the cutting notice involves providing an estimate of the volume of timber that will be harvested on page 2 of the Cutting Notice and Report (form 2450-032 [PDF]).
Determining Timber Volumes Watch 3:08 Read
Reporting Estimated Timber Volumes Watch 11:49 Read
Last revised: Thursday July 27 2017