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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 #6: Submitting the cutting noticeDNR forester review

Trees marked for harvest
Trees marked for harvest.

After the trees have been "marked" and the cutting notice has been filled out completely, the cutting notice must then be submitted to the local DNR forester. The cutting notice must be submitted to the DNR forester at least 30 days prior to beginning a timber harvest.

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

Cutting notices that do not require DNR approval

A cutting notice does not require DNR approval if the cutting notice is submitted by someone on the cutting notice registration list and if the proposed cutting is under the terms of the landowner's management plan. Individuals can be on the cutting notice registration list if they are a cooperating forester, a forester accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), Wisconsin Consulting Foresters (WCF) or the Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF) or a person with 5 years of full time experience in forest management. Individuals on this list are not guaranteed by the department in any way.

For a list of cooperating foresters, see the Forester Assistance Locator. Cooperating foresters are private foresters who sign a Cooperating Forester Agreement to comply with DNR standards for responsible forestry.

Even if the conditions above are met, however, the landowner can indicate on the cutting notice that they are requesting DNR review and approval of the cutting notice.

Cutting notices that do require DNR approval

A cutting notice not submitted by someone on the cutting registration list requires DNR review and approval.

A cutting notice with proposed cutting that is not under the terms of the landowner’s management plan requires DNR review and approval as well.

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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