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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 #8: Submitting the cutting report

image representing step #8 of the cutting notice processNow that the timber harvest has been completed, a cutting report is required to be submitted within 30 days to the DNR forester for approval. The cutting report lists the specific information about the number and/or volume of trees that were harvested.

Approximate time to complete step #8: One day.

Who submits the cutting report

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

When must the cutting report be submitted

Within 30 days after cutting is complete, a cutting report must be submitted to the DNR forester for approval. Learn more!

What information is needed for the cutting report

The cutting report lists the specific information about the number and/or volume of trees that were harvested. Learn more!

DNR forester review

Once the cutting report has been submitted, the DNR forester will review it to determine if it can be approved. Learn more!


There can be consequences to landowners for the items listed below. The consequence can include 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 submit the cutting report
  • Submitting a cutting report with false information on it
  • Harvesting in a manner inconsistent with sound forestry or the landowner's management plan

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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