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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 #6: Submitting the cutting notice

image representing step #6 of the cutting notice processThe sixth step of the harvesting process is submitting the cutting notice to the DNR forester. The cutting notice must be submitted to the DNR forester at least 30 days prior to beginning a timber harvest.

Approximate time to complete step #6: One month.

Who submits the cutting notice

The Managed Forest Law (MFL) and Forest Crop Law (FCL) require that only the landowner has the ultimate responsibility for submitting the cutting notice. Learn more!

DNR forester review

Once submitted, the DNR forester will determine if DNR approval is required. Learn more!

County cutting notice

A notice of intent to cut must also be completed and filed with the county clerk [exit DNR] before any timber is harvested. The notice of intent to cut is known as the "county cutting notice" and is a separate requirement from the MFL and FCL cutting notice. The county cutting notice is required for harvesting on all private lands even if the lands are not enrolled in the MFL or FCL programs. For more information, read the county cutting notice statute [exit DNR].


There can be consequences to landowners for the items listed below. The consequence can include non-compliance assessments, citations, or withdrawal from the MFL or FCL program with a withdrawal tax assessed to the landowner. DNR foresters' main goal is to keep landowners in compliance with the MFL and FCL programs and to avoid these situations. For additional information, please contact the DNR forester.

  • Failure to complete a required harvest or other required practice on MFL or FCL lands
  • Failure to submit the cutting notice

Additional resources



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.

Last revised: Thursday July 27 2017